A scene from the documentary America. Photo courtesy

“A sublime, magical masterpiece”—Joshua Oppenheimer

September 13–22, 2019: Exclusive U.S. Theatrical Engagement

Museum of the Moving Image will present the exclusive U.S. theatrical engagement of América, Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside’s debut feature about three brothers caring for their 93-year-old grandmother, beginning September 13. This documentary by Stoll and Whiteside premiered to critical acclaim at True/False Film Fest and won over audiences and juries at festivals such as BAMcinemaFest and CPH:DOX where it won a Special Jury Mention. The two were featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

Diego, a young circus artist, returns home to Colima, Mexico and reunites with his brothers after their grandmother, América, falls from her bed. Diego is a dreamer who sees poetry and purpose in this tragedy. His dream of familial cohesion fades into reality as the brothers clash over money, communication, and the challenge of caring for América. Filmmakers Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside capture three years in the life of a fractured, yet loving family with great sensitivity and alertness. The film offers a privileged vantage on interactions rarely shown but widely experienced by anyone who has cared for or been cared for by loved ones. Affection emanates from the screen. (2019, 75 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.) View trailer | Schedule & Tickets

“The film is a knockout. Full of vibrant characters, confrontation and love, and one which also challenges us to think both critically and personally about the ways we and society care for those at the end of their lives.»—Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine

“A documentary of unusual beauty. Captures family life in all its paradoxical maddening love and tragedy.”—Christina Newland, Empire Magazine

Following the Museum’s theatrical run, América will air on POV on October 7.