Sundance review: "A River Changes Course"
Published: January 22, 2013 07:56AM
Updated: January 22, 2013 08:06AM
| courtesy Sundance Institute A Cambodian peasant gathers rice in a scene from "A River Changes Course," presented in the World Cinema Documentary competition of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

"A River Changes Course"

World Cinema Documentary

*** (three stars)

This gently sweeping documentary uses striking imagery to detail the human toll of overfishing, deforestation and industrialization in Cambodia. Director Kalyanee Mam follows the lives of peasants living on the rivers and in the hillsides, where the fish and rice crops are increasingly rare -- and the next generation is moving to the cities to work in factories. Mam's camera finds beauty in this environmental devastation, and in the resiliency of families struggling to survive.

- Sean P. Means

"A River Changes Course" screens again: Tuesday, 3:45 p.m., Broadway Centre Cinema 3, Salt Lake City; Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., Prospector Square Theatre, Park City; Thursday, 1 p.m., Holiday Village Cinema 4, Park City; Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Holiday Village Cinema 1, Park City.