Pahokee

110 mins.
Directed by Patrick Bresnan & Ivete Lucas
NR
2020

 

Available through Thursday, May 14.
 

  • Ticket price: $12 for unlimited viewing within a 3-day rental period.
     
  • How to watch: Available to watch through the Vimeo app for Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV, and on IOS and Android devices, or through your internet browser. (Please note: the above link will take you directly to the Vimeo checkout for PAHOKEE. Once you get to the billing info screen, it should automatically input the discount code "amherst", which will discount the film from $18 to $12 as well as enabling Amherst Cinema to receive payment for the screening. Please make sure the "amherst" promo code is applied.)
     

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In an isolated town in rural Florida, four teens experience the joys and heartbreaks of their last year in high school.

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 discourse.