América is the uplifting, soulful story of three brothers who are brought together to care for their charismatic 93- year-old grandmother, América. The brothers, who are still young men, must confront the chasm between adolescent yearning and adult responsibilities as they learn to provide for her daily needs.

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COMPLETED

Filmmakers: Erick Stoll & Chase Whiteside
Country: USA
Runtime: 76', 60'
Year: 2018
Format: HD


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STORY

Shot over three years in southwest Mexico, the film follows Diego as he reunites with his brothers Rodrigo and Bruno to care for their 93-year-old grandmother América. Their father, who had been her caretaker, was jailed under accusation of elder neglect after América fell from her bed. While they work to free him, the young brothers must learn to provide daily care for their grandmother. But as the brothers clash over money and the distribution of labor, difficult questions take the foreground – who decides what becomes of América? and how long will they put their lives on hold to care for her?


Press

"Blows up an intimate family portrait on to a large, cinematic canvas." ★★★★ - The Guardian

“One of those rare non-fiction treasures that seems so effortless yet so complex.” - Moveable Feast

“An honest, intimate treatise on kindness, América is a film about what it means to have the best years of your life interrupted by the duty of care, and what’s more, to want that to happen.” - Little White Lies

“A sublime, magical masterpiece. It is rare to see so much life on screen.” - Joshua Oppenheimer

"An astonishingly tender, intense observational film" - Sight & Sound


credits

Directed, Produced and Edited by : Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside

Cinematography: Erick Stoll

Sound Design: Christian Giraud

Additional Photography and Colourist: Chase Whiteside

Awards

CPH:DOX Award - Honorable Mention - CPH:DOX 2018

Les Blank Award - Ashland Independent Film Festival  2018 

Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2018

Illuminate Award - Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

Winner of Audience Award & Special Mention Youth Jury - Pesaro Film Festival  2018

Best Documentary - New Hampshire Film Festival 2018

Special Mention in the International Competition -Antenna Film Festival 2018

Programmer's Award for Documentary Feature - Virginia Film Festival 2018

Don Quixote Prize for Best Feature Film - Barcelona Independent Film Festival, l’Alternativa 2018

 

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

True/False Film Festival 2018

CPH:DOX 2018

Full Frame Festival 2018

Ashland Independent Film Festival 2018

Maryland Film Festival (Baltimore) 2018

AFI DOCS 2018

BAM Cinema Fest 2018

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

Guanajuato International Film Festival 2018

Dokufest 2018

DOC NYC 2018

IDFA 2018