Monrovia, Indiana

Directed by Frederick Wiseman
2018
USA
143 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Multi-award-winning documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s 44th film captures life in a small Midwestern town post-Trump: “a real-life American horror story”.

The community in Wiseman's latest film is rural, ageing, and overwhelmingly white: in contrast with his most recent productions (Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, SFF 2018; In Jackson Heights, SFF 2016; At Berkeley, SFF 2014). The citizens of Monrovia voted 76% in favour of Trump. In his trademark observational style, the 89-year-old Wiseman patiently films this pro-gun, pro-god farming town as the locals go about their daily lives. He follows them into church, town planning meetings, a masonic ceremony, a funeral, a wedding, barbershops and beauty parlours. He captures the old guys at the diner discussing ill health and dead acquaintances. This is the Middle America frequently referred to in American media, however, it is about as far from fake-news as one could get.

'Monrovia, Indiana' is nothing less than a work of mourning for the American soul.
Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Still, the thought persists that just maybe this portrait of a closed-off and threatened heartland is indicative of what goes on in the polling booth where folks vote their fears in silence. And that is a scary proposition, indeed.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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Sat 8 June
10am
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 June
12pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
Past Event Cancel
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Program Strand
International Documentaries
Year
2018
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
USA
Language
In English
Director
Frederick Wiseman
Producer
Frederick Wiseman, Karen Konicek
Cinematographer
John Davey
Editor
Frederick Wiseman
Genre
Documentary, Politics & Economics, Cinephile
Company Credits
Distributor: Vendetta Films
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