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    America

    América

    Directed by

    • Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside

    USA

    2018

    77 min

    • Spanish

    Documentary

    Three adolescent Mexican brothers are reunited after their 93-year-old grandmother América falls out of bed one night. Now they are suddenly in charge of looking after her, as their father is sent to prison on an obscure charge of neglecting her. An unexpected reunion that turns into something of an adventure for all of them. The three brothers are different in spirit but all of them are free, restless souls with a penchant for green tobacco, yoga and meditation. Soon conflicts are festering under the laid-back and poetic lifestyle. Will their responsibility for América bring them together? And did América maybe even fall out of bed on purpose to bring together the family? The young directing duo Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside master the hardest art form of them all: to make it look easy. And together, they have created a both warm and poignant film with the most sensitive and natural ease about brotherhood and about those damn family ties. There is a rare delicacy and intimacy in 'América's vérité observations that make you wonder how on earth they got away with it. Bathed in dusty, sunny images and with an irresistible, ageing matriarch in the lead role.

    Awards

    • Special Mention (Dox:Award) - CPH:DOX
    • Illuminate Award - Sheffield Doc/Fest
    • A Different Tomorrow Award for Best Documentary Film - Reykjavik FF

    Festivals

    Production
    CHASE WHITESIDE

    Press

    Incredible film that tells a story that so often is relegated to the dark.

    Stephen Saito, The Moveable Fest