Best of the Fests

PAHOKEE

Directed by Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas

USA, 2019, 1h 50min, DCP

Best of the Fests

AFS Cinema

6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752

Showtime

Sun, Nov 17

Pricing

General Public
$11.25 evening / $9 matinee

$3 discounts for AFS MAKE & WATCH members. Free for LOVE & Premiere.

Join us for a Q&A with filmmakers Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas after the film.

Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan create a portrait of PAHOKEE, a small rural town located in the Florida Everglades, a community tightly knit together that struggles with financial insecurities and a bleak future. Through an extremely precise observational approach, the film manages to capture the daily life of the town with a great wealth of nuanced details. From sports events to school beauty contests, the filmmakers observe how, through social and collective rituals, the ideas of gender and identity are publicly displayed while creating new narratives. Moving past the crucial Wiseman lesson, which Lucas and Bresnan have fully absorbed, the film possesses the distinct feel of a Gil Scott Heron song, with its deep streak of rural blues tinged with urban echoes. A complex and multi-layered work that recalls also both the gritty social realism of the new American cinema as well as the neorealist touch. PAHOKEE is a powerful portrait of a forgotten America absent from the current political discourse.- Giona A. Nazzaro

Pahokee - Still 4

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