PATRICK BRESNAN, IVETE LUCAS | USA | 2019 | 112 MIN | NR
Following a string of award-winning shorts, the feature documentary debut of filmmakers Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas is a sensitive portrait of several young people navigating their senior year in the small, agricultural town of Pahokee, Florida. In the face of profound economic challenges, these teenagers throw themselves into a momentous year filled with football games, beauty pageants, and other rites of passage, all while nervously contemplating a future that’s at once exciting and deeply uncertain. Pahokee utilizes a hands-off, observational style, yet the film is imbued with an undeniable warmth, offering a nuanced, lived-in tribute to a resilient community and its people.
“It is the quiet moments of genuine humanity and poignancy that the filmmakers capture that linger long after the credits.” –The Austin Chronicle
Part of the Philadelphia Film Society’s NON/FICTION series.