Boys State + Live Satellite Q&A
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Boys State + Live Satellite Q&A

classified 12A

Please note: This was screened in Oct 2020

Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine
Ben Feinstein
144 mins, 2020, USA
Primary language

Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for documentary at this year’s festival, Boys State captures a week-long annual programme in which a thousand teenage boys from across Texas gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government from the ground up.

Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine closely track the escalating tensions that arise within a particularly riveting race for governor, training their cameras on unforgettable teenagers like Ben, a Reagan-loving arch-conservative who brims with confidence despite personal setbacks, and Steven, a progressive-minded child of Mexican immigrants who stands by his convictions amidst the sea of red.

In the process, they have created a complex portrait of contemporary American masculinity, as well as a microcosm of often dispiriting national political divisions that nevertheless manages to plant seeds of hope.

Event Schedule:

18.15 - Introduction
18.16 - Film starts (109 min)
20.05 - Q&A (30min)
20.35 - Ends

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