Sitting between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, Cairo, Illinois geographically mirrors its namesake: Cairo, Egypt.
An awareness of the ancient Egyptian myth of the afterlife subtly inhabits the piece – a narrative of salvation and beauty that exists past physical death and decay.
The town of Cairo, Illinois functions as a gateway into the spirit of the greater American Midwest.
This piece blends a variety of footage from the region – some found and some filmed – to create a non-linear exploration of Cairo and its past, pain, and promise.
Cairo, Illinois serves as an exploration and tribute to the Midwest, to the places and people I’ve always felt connected to.
Dedicated to my parents, whose practice in journalism certainly bleeds into my passion for image-making.
Made in collaboration with:
Featuring music by:
This Mortal Coil
The Cairo Public Library
Ben and Will Constable