Directed by: Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas
USA, 2019, 112m
*Talent in attendance
In a small and isolated agricultural city on the shores of Lake Okeechobee, where economic hardship intersects with hope for the future, all efforts are concentrated on the youth. This vérité-style feature debut centers on a group of senior-year high schoolers in Pahokee, Florida, and their sometimes exciting, sometimes heartbreaking rite-of-passage rituals as they make important decisions about their futures. Following Na’Kerria, Jocabed, Junior, and BJ, directors Lucas and Bresnan (“The Rabbit Hunt,” FFF 2017 Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short) poignantly capture the everyday life of these teens and their families along with the dreams they hold, the joys they feel, and the pressures they experience. By ultimately exposing an intimate portrayal of a close-knit community in Palm Beach County rarely heard about, let alone seen, the directors achieve an eye-opening peek into American youth culture, the social aspiration gap, and the spirit that drives the belief in the next generation.