MONROVIA, INDIANA explores a small town in rural, mid-America and illustrates how values like community service, duty, spiritual life, generosity and authenticity are formed, experienced and lived along with conflicting stereotypes. The film gives a complex and nuanced view of daily life in Monrovia and provides some understanding of a way of life whose influence and force have not always been recognized or understood in the big cities on the east and west coasts of America and in other countries.
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“Every cliché and talking point I’ve absorbed about the American heartland since the last presidential election was challenged by Mr. Wiseman’s observations of democracy at work in a rural Midwestern town.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“One of Wiseman’s most beautiful films.”
– Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment
“‘Monrovia, Indiana’ is an immersive wonder, thanks to Wiseman’s masterful ability to assemble images that lead from one painterly visual to the next.”
– Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“Like all of Wiseman's films, "Monrovia, Indiana" possesses almost meditative power.”
– Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
MONROVIA, INDIANA Festival Screenings:
Venice Film Festival, 2018
Toronto International Film Festival, 2018
Filmfest Hamburg, 2018
New York Film Festival, 2018
Hamptons International Film Festival, 2018
BFI London Film Festival, 2018
Heartland Film Festival, 2018
Philadelphia Film Festival, 2018
Film Columbia, 2018
American Film Festival (Poland), 2018
Lake Placid Film Festival, 2018
Festival Do Rio, 2018
Geneva International Film Festival, 2018
Mar del Plata, 2018
ZINEBI International Film Festival of Bilbao, 2018
Cork Film Festival, 2018
Filmmaker Film Fest, 2018
Belgrade Auteur Film Festival, 2018
Maryland Film Festival, 2018
Unknown Pleasures, 2019
Goteborg Film Festival, 2019
Funding for the film was provided by:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Just Films / Ford Foundation
Public Broadcasting Service
Pershing Square Foundation
LEF Moving Image Fund
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