98 mins.
Directed by Krystin Ver Linden
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Alice (Keke Palmer) restlessly works the fields of a 19th-century slave plantation in rural Georgia while yearning for freedom. After a violent clash with slave owner Paul (Jonny Lee Miller), Alice flees through the neighboring woods and stumbles onto a highway, suddenly finding herself in 1973. Rescued on the roadside by a disillusioned Black activist named Frank (Common), Alice soon discovers the lies that have kept her in bondage and the promise of Black liberation.

In her debut feature, writer-director Krystin Ver Linden spins a modern liberation fable that is equal parts earthy Southern Gothic and soulful Blaxploitation. Inspired by true accounts of Black Americans who were kept in peonage for more than 100 years after the end of slavery, ALICE is an audacious mix of grim historical fact and fantastical fiction. Moving from a purgatorial plantation overgrown with Spanish moss to the lively landscape of urban Savannah, Ver Linden traces Alice’s breathless journey down the rabbit hole and into the turbulent wonderland of the post–Civil Rights South.

Alice / U.S.A. / Fiction

Director and Screenwriter: Krystin Ver Linden

Producer: Peter Lawson

Cast: Keke Palmer, Common, Jonny Lee Miller, Gaius Charles

Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute and Eliza Morse.