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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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A River Changes Course

Director Kalyanee Mam scheduled to attend | May 26 & May 27

Shot over two years, Kalyanee Mam returns to her homeland to document three families and they contend with the ever-changing economy and industry of modern Cambodia in this impressionistic and beautifully constructed portrait of life.

Schedule
May 26, 2013
Sunday
5:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
May 27, 2013
Monday
12:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

The May 26 screening on STANDBY. There are no advance tickets available.

Time is catching up with Cambodia, and its people are bearing witness. With rapid development changing the country, once self-sufficient rural communities are finding themselves in an unwilling state of transition, with forests being cleared, fishing stocks vanishing, and land becoming increasingly costly. As their debts accrue, many villagers are forced to seek employment elsewhere, leaving their families behind and traveling to the industrial factories of the capital city Phnom Pehn, a journey that threatens to consume their prospective wages before they've even had an opportunity to punch a clock. Filmed over a period of two years, director Kalyanee Mam's engrossing and bracingly clear-eyed feature debut achieves a remarkable intimacy with her subjects, delving into their pasts and imagined futures with a respectful yet persistent gaze. Mam, previously the cinematographer for the Academy Award®-winning documentary Inside Job, here takes a verité approach to her material, eschewing narration and explanatory text for a harshly beautiful look at the reality shift occurring in her native land. Avoiding both excess sentiment and distracting pathos, her film finds drama enough in the people and the places, as well as the effects that each element is having on the other.

Director Biography
Having escaped war-torn Cambodia in 1979, lawyer-turned-filmmaker Kalyanee Mam seeks to engage human rights and law to create documentaries that are both captivating and inspiring. Kalyanee most recently worked on the 2010 Academy Award® winning documentary Inside Job (director of photography, associate producer, and researcher), which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, Snoqualmie Tribe

Director: Kalyanee Mam
Country: Cambodia, USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 83 minutes
Producer: Kalyanee Mam, Ratanak Leng
Cinematographers: Kalyanee Mam
Editors: Chris Brown
Music: David Mendez
Website: http://www.ariverchangescourse.com/
Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2013 (World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Cambodian
Subtitles: Yes
Format: HDCAM
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