Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas
African/Af. Amer, Coming of Age, Social Issues
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In this engaging documentary, directors Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan create a detailed, nuanced portrait of Pahokee, a small town of 6,000 inhabitants located in the Florida Everglades. While the community is tight-knit and proud, it faces real struggles in the form of financial insecurity and, relatedly, the overwhelming collective desire of its young people to strike out for bigger and better things.
The filmmakers follow four high-school seniors throughout their final school year: Na’Kerria Nelson, who hopes to trade in her cheerleading uniform for nurses’ scrubs; football team captain BJ Crawford, who’s counting on an athletic scholarship to get him into college; Jocabed Martinez, an honors student who works at her Mexican-born parents’ roadside taqueria after school; and Junior Walker, a single father trying to complete his own education for the sake of his child. They all harbor the dreams, face the challenges, and endure the heartbreak that define life on the cusp of adulthood in 21st century America.
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