The Great Flood

The Great Flood
dir. Bill Morrison/USA/2013/78 min.
POLIN Museum

The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet. Part of its enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displaced sharecroppers.

Musically, the “Great Migration” of rural Southern Blacks to Northern cities saw the Delta Blues electrified and reinterpreted as the chicago blues, rhythm ‘n blues, and rock ‘n roll. Using minimal text and no spoken dialog, filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer/guitarist Bill Frisell have created a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history through a collection of silent images matched to a searing original soundtrack. Music performed by Bill Frisell, Guitar; Ron Miles, Trumpet; Tony Scherr, Bass; Guitar Kenny Wollesen, Drums.


  • projection time:
    78 min.
  • country/year:
    USA /2013
  • director:
    Bill Morrison
  • editor:
    Bill Morrison
  • production:
    Phyllis Oyama / Icarus Films

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