March 7, 2019 - 6:30 pm
Forty-six million people live in rural, small town America. These towns were once the backbone of American life. And while their number and populations have shrunk, rural America—both as myth and reality—remains a formative center of American politics and values.
To illustrate life in these small towns in our present moment, legendary cinema verite filmmaker Frederick Wiseman (“High School,” “Titicut Follies”) brought his camera to Monrovia, Indiana. The film that resulted explores conflicting stereotypes, and illustrates how values like community service, duty, spiritual life, generosity and authenticity are formed, experienced and lived.
With Wiseman’s typical understated style, “Monrovia, Indiana” gives a complex and nuanced view of daily life in “real America.”