Taking its inspiration from American direct cinema, Pahokee paints a delicate and humanistic portrait of a small community in Florida home to a population mostly comprised of black people and immigrants. This debut feature film (co-directed by the Brazilian Ivete Lucas) fastidiously positions its narrative within the symbolic universe of a secondary school, particularly in the daily life of four teenagers, drawing its force from often-contradictory feelings: dreams, desires, disappointments, and learnings that mark the passage to adulthood.
Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan Ivete Lucas is a filmmaker from Brazil who is currently based in South Florida, where she makes films with her partner Patrick Bresnan, a visual artist and filmmaker who holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainability from the University of Texas at Austin. Their short films include ‘The Send-Off’ (2016), ‘The Rabbit Hunt’ (2017), ‘Roadside Attraction’ (2017), and ‘Skip Day’ (2018). ‘Pahokee’ (2019), their first feature length documentary, world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.