Previously at the ICA - Films
8 May 2014
Almost a century before Katrina, the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was, in fact, the most destructive flood in American history. The river broke out of its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles of towns and farmland. Part of the Flood’s enduring legacy was a mass exodus of destitute sharecroppers. Musically, this ‘Great Migration’ of rural Southerners to northern cities saw the Delta blues reborn as the Chicago blues, rhythm and blues and rock and roll.
This mesmerising new doc from filmmaker and multimedia artist Bill Morrison (Decasia, The Miner’s Hymns) is created from hours of archival footage from 1927 – at times richly textured where the original nitrate film stock has deteriorated. The incredible images of life in the South are enriched by an evocative soundtrack by jazz legend Bill Frissell. Together, Morrison and Frissell have brought to life a devastating moment in American history which has ominous resonance today.
Followed by a Skype Q&A with the director.
The Great Flood, dir. Bill Morrison, United States 2013, 78 minutes
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