Between Two Rivers is a remarkable attempt to resuscitate Cairo; to unveil its dark past and shed light upon its uncertain present. Throws into sharp relief a powerful history, thanks only to the compelling wit, curiosity and insight of its makers. Visually mesmerizing.
★★★★★ Pulp

Captivating….identifies the history of racism in the area without being exploitative....The Southern Illinois landscape, strikingly captured by Cartwright and Jordan's cinematography….an adeptness at weaving the stories together at a crucial, historical pressure point, smack dab in the middle of America. ★★★★★ Ecstatic Film

The documentary succeeds admirably....The core visuals of the film are beautifully composed....A compelling watch that I would easily recommend due to its even handed approach, strong presentation and open, heartfelt interviews. ★★★★ Blueprint

A well-rounded portrait that avoids exploitation....The film succeeds well on an aesthetic level, with beautifully composed, self-shot visuals....With its strong, engrossing presentation, the documentary is particularly poignant in a current time of huge financial crisis and uprisings regarding social injustice. Reel Time

Stunning….incredibly well shot. The attention to detail and to quiet, unspectacular moments and angles is continually striking. "Between Two Rivers" is hauntingly beautiful.  It all hangs together and the slowly rising water provides a nice thru-thread. I particularly liked the pace of the film; unhurried but kind of inexorable….A nuanced look at an American subject…a wonderful film.
- Ralph Arlyck, director of Following Sean

English Directors Take Top Honors at Film Fest - Paducah Sun

The film was selected as a highlight of St Louis International Film Festival:
St Louis Post Dispatch: Joe's Movie Lounge
plus a couple of reviews:
Junk Assessments

We are Movie Geeks

A review of the film at Shrieking Violets blog

Silences Broken, Secrets Revealed At Kansas International Film Festival KCUR

Film on Cairo draws rave reviews Southern Illinoisan

Between Two Rivers tells history of Cairo, Ill. Southeast Missourian

Potential & Peril Lie 'Between Two Rivers' The Daily Yonder

Between Two Rivers is a Poignant Documentary Sound on Sight

Co-director Jacob Cartwright interview podcast, KRCU Missouri
and also podcast with WKMS, Kentucky

News feature, WSIL-TV 3, Feb 25th 2012

Between Two Rivers - Another Cairo, written by co-director Nick Jordan, Cities@Manchester blog, Urban Research at the University of Manchester.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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