37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024



Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan paint a detailed and astonishingly nuanced portrait of Pahokee, a small rural town in the Florida Everglades. In this very close-knit community, the inhabitants struggle with various financial insecurities and an uncertain future. The film captures the daily life of the city, restoring a rich palette of ideas of gender and identity that are publicly displayed while creating new narratives. A complex, multi-faceted work that recalls both the raw social realism of the new American cinema and the neorealist style, Pahokee is the powerful portrait of a forgotten America, absent from the current political discourse. Discussion with filmmaker Patrick Bresnan, moderated by Michelle Jackson (VAFF)

This film is part of the Race in America series presented by James Madison’s Montpelier and supported by Bama Works Fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, the UVA Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, and the UVA Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Friday, October 25


6:00 PM


Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Film Info

Director: Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas

Runtime: 112 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2019

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Na'Kerria Nelson, Jocabed Martinez, Junior Walker, BJ Crawford