Boys State

Directed by Jesse Moss + Amanda McBaine 2020 United States 109 Minutes

The sensational winner of the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Boys State is a wildly entertaining and continually revealing immersion into a weeklong annual program in which a thousand Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government. 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, as well as a microcosm of our often dispiriting national political divisions that nevertheless manages to plant seeds of hope.

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Jesse Moss
Amanda McBaine
Amanda McBaine
Jesse Moss
Jeff Gilbert
T. Griffin
Director of Photography
Thorsten Thielow
Executive Producers
Laurene Powell Jobs
Davis Guggenheim
Jonathan Silberberg
Nicole Stott
Co-Executive Producer
Shannon Dill
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