boys state

Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine closely track the escalating tensions that arise within a particularly riveting gubernatorial race, training their cameras on unforgettable teenagers like Ben, a Reagan-loving arch-conservative who brims with confidence despite personal setbacks, and Steven, a progressive minded child of Mexican immigrants who stands by his convictions amidst the sea of red. In the process, they have created a complex portrait of contemporary American masculinity, a microcosm of our often-dispiriting national political divisions that nevertheless manages to plant seeds of hope.

2020 | Documentary | 1h 49m

directed by Amanda McBaine & Jesse Moss

producers: Amanda McBaine & Jesse Moss
Executive Producers: Laurene Powell Jobs, Jonathan Silberberg, Nicole Stott