2020. United States. 109 min.
Director: Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss
Every summer, a thousand Texas high school senior boys gather for a week-long program for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government. This political coming of age style documentary follows the escalating tensions that arise within a riveting gubernatorial race as viewers meet unforgettable teenagers like Ben, a Reagan-loving conservative with unshakeable confidence, and Steven, a progressive-minded child of Mexican immigrants who remains convicted amidst a sea of red. Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine create a complex portrait of modern American masculinity while cultivating hope for the next generation of leaders despite frequent national political division. Introduction by U.S. Senator Tim Scott. A discussion with Governor Terry McAuliffe, moderated by Larry Sabato (UVA); and a discussion with filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, and subject Steven Garza, moderated by Larry Sabato to follow.
Presented by UVA Center for Politics
Supported by The Jefferson Trust
Boys State is part of the Women in Film Series supported by Virginia Commission for the Arts & National Endowment for the Arts