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Film looks at Mississippi River [UPDATED]

Published 9:31am Thursday, October 24, 2013 Updated 11:32am Thursday, October 24, 2013

As part of the current show of photographs of the upper Mississippi River by Chris Faust and historic photographs by Henry Peter Bosse at the Cultural Center in New York Mills, there will be a free screening of “Twilight of the Mississippi” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at the Cultural Center in New York Mills.

The photographic exhibit, a concert by Charlie Maguire featuring songs inspired by the Mississippi River, and the screening of this documentary film are sponsored by the Viking Library System.

“Twilight of the Mississippi” is a haunting look into the troubled environment and psyche of the American Heartland.

It follows the quixotic journey of the Unseen Ghost Brigade, a theater-troupe that built a raft and traveled down the Mississippi River in 2010.

The story plunges into the marginalized communities of America, a dense-patchwork of endangered worlds, with the river cutting through the middle of them all. Winona LaDuke, the National Park Service, industrial farmers, fishermen, spiritualists, anarchists, river rats, a black shaman, and the Army Corps of Engineers: here are the stories, the secrets, and the dark comedy of America’s River.

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