Max Kennedy and the American Dream
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- Adventure, Contemporary Issues, Investigation, Personal Doc, and Politics
The film tells the tale of Max Kennedy, a Minuteman, modern day outlaw and ant-establishment dissident, whose life is tracked over a period of one year. It captures his gritty life on the vast, unforgiving U.S-Mexico Border and follows him through to his departure and return to civilization.
We witness his initial seduction by the temptations of big city life and eventual disillusionment with the same. We are also present when personal tragedy hits and we witness his breakdown, epiphany and eventual â€˜homecomingâ€™.
RUNNING PARALLEL to Maxâ€™s story is the narrative thread of events occurring simultaneously across the border. In the border town of Sasabe, Luis and his posse are on the verge of making their first long trek to the U.S across the harsh Sonoran desert.
Luis is a migrant farmer from Chiapas, southern Mexico, who like countless others has lost his traditional means of livelihood and has been forced to cross over. Him and his companions prepare for the ordeal ahead ...
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This is a surreal exploration of the fractured and often contradictory psyche of a self-proclaimed revolutionary and rabid iconoclast, who simply refuses to fit into preconceived slots assigned to him by the mainstream media, academia or the political dichotomy of Liberal and Conservative.
Woven into the main narrative and serving as a backdrop, are scores of colorful and fascinating characters on both sides of the divide, literally and metaphorically, whose individual stories cast a penetrating light on the U.S-Mexico border issue, human trafficking, first-world poverty and right wing hate politics.
It puts a radically new slant on the concept of the 'American Dream'â€¦ as seen through the eyes of those who fight from it's trenches. The well worn bromides of Right and Left are held up to a merciless eye. Through the POV of Max and fellow victims on the other side of the Border, many prevailing myths and popular stereotypes are shattered.
The camera has gone into places and interacted with people hitherto unknown to the public eye. It has become a best friend and confidant to a person who has never known any... and in the process captured some truly revealing, poignant and also ugly moments
It is a deep, probing and intimate study of an individual who the filmmaker believes contains all that is ugly, xenophobic, hateful about the human condition, but yet strangely transcendental and liberating as well.
Ultimately an undefinable contradiction that is emblematic to and holds the key to unlocking the post-modern, pre-apocalyptic human dilemma.
- Running time
- 74, 60 or 56 minutes
- Vikram Zutshi ... Director/DP
- Robin Lee ... Editor
- Fabio Dozzini ... Production Coordinator
- Paul Belanger ... Additional Editing
- Prod. Co.
- Babylon Burning Pictures
- United States
- Years of Production
- Prod. Partners
- Ashwini Kaul - Co-Producer
- Visions Du Reel, Switzerland
- Worldwide Sales : Journeyman Pictures
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