Black lives matter in this powerful film about a new founding of the American West. Three Belgian directors collaborate with Lashay T. Warren, a hopeful young man who has moved with his girlfriend and children from Los Angeles to California City, a Mojave Desert set and still incomplete project begun in the 1960s that holds less than 15,000 people today. Lashay works sweeping desert streets, takes long walks to school to study pioneer settlers, and films himself in diary form over the course of nearly two years. From a discarded place, storytelling becomes a way to write one’s name upon the world. (A. C)
Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer, Isabelle Tollenaere
Liesbeth De Ceulaer is a Belgian independent filmmaker based in Brussels, whose films explore the tense and complex relationship between man and his environment. Sofie Benoot lives and works in Brussels. She studied documentary filmmaking at Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design. Isabelle Tollenaere is an independent filmmaker who lives and works in Antwerp. She studied documentary making at the Sint Lukas University in Brussels.