Pahokee (United States)
April 24 May 2 2020



  • Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan


Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan create a detailed and incredibly nuanced portrait of Pahokee, a small rural town located in the Florida Everglades. A community tightly knit together that struggles with financial insecurities and a bleak future. Through an extremely precise observational approach, the film manages to capture the daily life of the town with a great wealth of nuanced details. From sports events to school beauty contests, the filmmakers observe how, through social and collective rituals, the ideas of gender and identity are publicly displayed while creating new narratives. Moving past the crucial Wiseman lesson, which Lucas and Bresnan have fully absorbed, the film possesses the distinct feel of a Gil Scott Heron song, with its deep streak of rural blues tinged with urban echoes. A complex and multi-layered work that recalls also both the gritty social realism of the new American cinema as well as the neorealist touch. Pahokee is a powerful portrait of a forgotten America absent from the current political discourse. 
Giona A. Nazzaro
Length: 112'
Country: United States
Year: 2019
Language(s): English
Premiere status at VdR: International Premiere
VdR edition : 2019


Maida Lynn  (Genuine Article Pictures)

Sales Contact

Laurence Reymond
Tel. +33651676807


Language(s):  English
Subtitles:  French, English
  • Wednesday 10 April
  • 18:00
Grande Salle

Followed by a discussion

  • Thursday 11 April
  • 10:00