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Documentary ‘Boys State’ exposes ideological failures in the American political system

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Documentary ‘Boys State’ exposes ideological failures in the American political system

Award-winning A24 documentary slated for University advance screening on October 9

The Award-winning A24 Documentary “Boys State,” which follows high school students participating in the Texas Boys State conference, will be screened by the University on Oct. 9. “Boys State,” directed by filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, swept 2020 festival circuits and won the U.S. Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary was critically acclaimed for its analogizing of grand-scale American politics in American Legion’s Texas Boys State, a conference where a thousand teenage boys attempt to build a model representative government.

Provided by Apple and A24 at Brown in partnership with the Brown Arts Initiative, Ivy Film Festival, Brown Votes and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, the award-winning documentary will have an advance virtual screening on October 9, followed by a panel with the filmmakers and one of the documentary subjects.

The film, which was initially released in January, is centered around four students with a wide variety of political beliefs, ranging from Napoleon-esque populism to traditional federalism. Pitted against conservative West Point-destined, blonde-haired boys, however, individuals like Steven Garza, a Hispanic son of immigrants, and René Otero, one of the […]

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