SLIFF: Between Two Rivers

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012 7:00 pm
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SLIFF: Between Two Rivers

“Between Two Rivers” explores Cairo, Ill., a historic river town isolated at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, where North meets South in the heartland of America. The film sets the city’s dark and turbulent past against the backdrop of the latest crisis to afflict the community: the record-breaking floods of spring 2011, when the rising rivers threatened to engulf the town. In addition to candid contemporary interviews, the documentary features archival footage that captures the town at the height of explosive racial tensions in 1969, when Cairo witnessed the last pitched battles of the civil-rights movement. “Between Two Rivers” considers the long-term impact of the violent civil unrest, economic boycotts, curfews and martial law that so deeply divided the community. Following the film, Carbondale’s Stace England and the Salt Kings perform their concept album “Welcome to Cairo, Ill.” in its entirety.

With co-directors Jordan and Cartwright, and a performance by Stace England and the Salt Kings.

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