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Blue Meridian

Sofie Benoot

video, color, 16:9, stereo, English spoken, French & Dutch subtitles, BE, 2010, 80’

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 endeavors to make the American promises true. A critical but emphatic look on America.
At the US première at Camden International Film Festival in Oct 2011 Blue Meridian received a special mention by the jury.

Image Fairuz
Director assistent Liesbeth De Ceulaer
Editing Tom Denoyette & Sofie Benoot
Editing supervisor Nico Leunen
Sound Kwinten Van Laethem & Senjan Jansen
Sound design Senjan Jansen
Color correction Olpy
Title design garage64, Maaike Beuten
Technical support Fairuz
Produced by Auguste Orts
Co-produced by Atelier Graphoui & Centre de l’Audiovisuel à Bruxelles
With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Communauté Française de Belgique, et des Télédistributeurs Wallons, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Canvas, LUCA School of Arts & FIDLab

Blue Meridian has been on display at the following locations:

Tënk Lussas, (FR) Jul 20–Sep 15 2018 Le Cercle des Voyageurs Brussel, (BE) Wednesday, May 20 2015 Bibliothèque Bordeaux, (FR) Thursday, Nov 28 2013 Film Festival Tiburon, (US) Apr 11–Apr 19 2013 Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montreal, (CA) Oct 10–Oct 21 2012 Sans Canal Fixe Tours, (FR) Saturday, Jun 2 2012 Ethnocineca Vienna, (AT) May 22–May 25 2012 Indie Grits Film Festival Columbia, (US) Wednesday, Apr 25 2012 Forum Saint-Pierre Genève, (CH) Tuesday, Dec 6 2011 Docs for Sale, Idfa Amsterdam, (NL) Nov 18–Nov 25 2011 Alternativa Barcelona, (ES) Nov 11–Nov 19 2011 Margaret Mead Film Festival New York, (US) Nov 10–Nov 13 2011 Doclisboa Lisboa, (PT) Thursday, Oct 27 2011 ânûû-rû âboro Pwêêdi Wiimîâ, (NC) Oct 21–Oct 30 2011 Medimed Girona, (ES) Oct 7–Oct 9 2011 CIFF Camden, (US) Sep 29–Oct 2 2011 kc Nona Mechelen, (BE) Thursday, May 12 2011 Documenta Madrid, (ES) May 7–May 8 2011 Cinema Nova Brussel, (BE) Thursday, May 5 2011 KASKcinema Gent, (BE) Wednesday, May 4 2011 Docville Leuven, (BE) Wednesday, May 4 2011 Cinema Zuid Antwerpen, (BE) Wednesday, Apr 20 2011 Canvas Brussel, (BE) Monday, Apr 18 2011 Visions du Réel: Marché Nyon, (CH) Apr 7–Apr 13 2011 BAFICI Buenos Aires, (AR) Apr 6–Apr 17 2011 Courtisane Festival Gent, (BE) Saturday, Apr 2 2011 International Documentary Film Festival São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro, (BR) Mar 31–Apr 10 2011 Beursschouwburg Brussels, (BE) Friday, Sep 24 2010