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Pahokee

Directed by: Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan | 2020 | 1h 42m | Unrated

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OPENED ON 5/7/20
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Four high-school students, Na’Kerria, Jocabed, Junior, and BJ, embark on their senior year in Pahokee, a small Florida town on the shores of Lake Okeechobee. The teens navigate all of the sometimes exciting, sometimes heartbreaking rite-of-passage rituals as they make profound decisions about their futures. As they do, the pressure of Pahokee’s economic hardships weighs heavily on their shoulders—the community has placed all hopes for opportunity on them, the next generation.

Directors Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan moved to the Everglades and filmed daily for years to capture the intimate and delightful moments of these four teens’ lives leading up to graduation day. PAHOKEE is a culmination of the remarkable rapport the filmmakers have achieved filming within the Pahokee community, and the result is a poetic window into a unique town’s loving identity.

“When so many places in America are known for slashing budgets and ignoring public education, Pahokee arrives as an inspirational exception.”
– THE FILM STAGE

“The filmmakers’ decision to stay out of the way and shape the story largely in the editing room bears different returns – a less mediated, more immersive, and ultimately quite moving portrait of hopeful youths headed into a harder adulthood.”
– AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“For anyone who’s had to struggle to escape difficult situations, the self-reliance and perseverance these teens require to improve their lives will seem quite familiar and reassuringly realistic. Pahokee is also a worthwhile reminder for those who haven’t faced similar challenges that things rarely come easy for those from modest circumstances.”
– HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“… Lively and rousing as a generational snapshot, buoyed by the lovable, resilient kids at its heart.”
– VARIETY