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Pahokee – TFF 2020 Opening Night Presentation

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A deep dive into the final year of high school for a group of predominantly African-American students in this small town on the edge of Lake Okeechobee. The “cinematic yearbook” (Variety) offers a spirited, emotional and complex portrait of its teen subjects as they reach for their dreams and struggle with social expectations and the challenges of living in one of Florida’s poorest towns. They often contribute their own cell phone footage to the story. Some of the main subjects of the film now attend college in Tallahassee, including FAMU’s B.J. Crawford and FSU’s Adarius Dent and Akeem Dent.

Friday, April 17, 2020
7:00 PM

CMX Cinemas Fallschase 14

*Special guests to be announced. Opening Night party starts after the film screening at CMX Cinemas Fallschase 14 expected to begin ~9:00 PM. 

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A film by Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan

2019 | Documentary | 112 min | USA

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, 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 discourse.