The Americans

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    Although the love between the old and the new world has cooled off politically in recent years, the fascination of European filmmakers and audiences with “the greatest country on earth” and its inhabitants is as strong as ever. IDFA presents several films in which “outsiders” observe and capture life and the people of the United States. All films in this pathway were part of the IDFA 2020 selection.

    Titles in this Pathway

    Below Sea Level

    • Gianfranco Rosi
    • 2008

      About 200 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 20 feet below sea level, a commune of outcasts lives in the middle of the desert. Gianfranco Rosi follows them at a suitable distance, letting the images and the people speak for themselves.

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      Diving Horses

      • Camille Grosperrin
      • 2020

        A wistful portrait of a small American amusement park long past its heyday. Despite the lack of visitors, amid all the faded glory, the staff still pins their hope on their top attraction, the High Diving Horse Show.

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        Green Bank Pastoral

        • Federico Urdaneta
        • 2020

          In sleepy Green Bank there’s a huge radio telescope, which means Wi-Fi is officially prohibited. The offline village attracts a colorful procession of electro-hypersensitive people who hope to find the Wi-Fi-free paradise they have been searching for.

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          The Last Hillbilly

          • Diane Sara Bouzgarrou, Thomas Jenkoe
          • 2020

            All the preconceptions about his community are true, born-and-bred hillbilly Brian Ritchie admits. But there is much more to the life of the American mountain people, as we see in this poetic portrait imbued with musings about nature and legacy.

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            Non Western

            • Laura Plancarte
            • 2020

              Well-educated, independent Nanci is marrying Thaddeus, a Cheyenne man. In the run-up to their wedding, they see they have considerable differences about gender roles. Gradually they learn to understand and appreciate each other’s cultures and feelings.

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              ’Til Kingdom Come

              • Maya Zinshtein
              • 2020

                Even in the poorest parts of the U.S., the Christian faithful collect donations for Israel. The controversial connection between evangelical Christians and Jews is partly about belief, and partly about money, power, and politics.

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