Blue meridian

In this enchanting journey across the Mississippi river, from Cairo, Illinois down to Venice, Louisiana, local people met along the way all tell the story of the tough reality behind the American dream: they are trying to survive despite a turbulent history, recent natural disasters and the current financial crisis.The film is a critical but empathic look at a forgotten part of the United States.

Sofie Benoot, Belgium, 2010, Format diffusion : 1.77 (HDV 16:9), 80 minutes

Following the Mississippi River from Cairo, Illinois to Venice, Louisiana, Blue Meridian is a captivating journey through the dilapidated and worn out Deep South of the United States of America. A cinematographic encounter with people living among the traces of natural disasters, economic decline and a turbulent history. The Mississippi River flows both through the Deep South and the imagination of the American nation; it draws the border between the East and the West of the country, but also the division between the North and the South. As a blue meridian, it represents the complex relation between place and identity in North America. The film portrays people living in the decay of semi abandoned places, who try to rebuild, preserve and survive, in an attempt to take a stand in their land and its history. Flooding, civil rights movement riots, racism, real estate speculation have caused people to leave these towns and cities. Blue Meridian tells the story of their endeavours to make the American promises true. A critical but emphatic look on America.

Directed by: Sofie Benoot
Screenplay: Sofie Benoot
Photography: Fairuz
Sound: Kwinten Van Laethem & Senjan Jansen
Image editing: Denoyette & Sofie Benoot
Sound editing: Senjan Jansen
Mixing: Senjan Jansen
Languages: EN
Subtitles: FR, EN
Available formats: Beta Digital, Digital, DVD
Production: Auguste Orts
Coproduction: Atelier Graphoui & CBA



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United States of America, Amérique du Nord, Environment & Ecology, Memory and roots, History, Countries and continents, Work related issues & unemployment, Society, Earthquakes, floods and natural disasters, Cultural identity, 2010, Strikes and social movement, Multiculturalism, Poverty, Racism