Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan paint a detailed and astonishing portrait of Pahokee, a rural village in the
Everglades, Florida. Very close-knit, its inhabitants fight to face fragile financial situations and an uncertain
future. Through a precise observational approach, the film captures the daily life of this city restoring a rich
palette of nuances. From sporting events to beauty contests at school, the filmmakers explore social and
community rituals, and how gender and identity are portrayed as new stories are created. Going well beyond
the teaching of Wiseman, which Lucas and Bresnan have perfectly integrated, the film seems to bathe in the
singular atmosphere of a song of Gil Scott Heron, with lingering hints of rural blues tinged with urban echoes.
A complex multi-faceted work that recalls both the raw social realism of the new American cinema and the
neorealist style. Pahokee is the powerful portrait of a forgotten America, absent from the current political
- Giona A. Nazzaro
Friday, July 3
1 hr. 50 min.