Braddock, America

(Braddock, America)
USA / France, 2014, 101 min
Directed by
Gabriella Kessler, Jean-Loic Portron
America / industry

Cannes Film Festival, France, 2013 – ACID Section

Festival International du Film d’Environnement, Paris 2014 – Official Selection

Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Greece, 2014 – Official Selection

Three Rivers Film Festival, Pittsburg, USA, 2013 – Official Selection

Braddock is a small town in the northeast of the United States, it is actually part of the cluster of small towns which constituted the heart of United States 19th century industrialization. Today, though, this area is a ruin of the old days torn apart by the process of deindustrialization. The movie is an extraordinary adventure of the modern history of the United States unfolding within a perimeter of a few square miles. Majestically using a mélange of archival film footage and nowadays interviews and images with people from the local communities, it conveys a history of struggles in the face of continuous changes and apparently, insurmountable difficulties.

The movie, while focusing on such a small place tells the story of the contemporary western post-industrial civilization and the drama of the people which are in the center of this huge transformation.