(Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas, US 2019, 100 min.)
In a world of isolation, we become nostalgic for the communal and the commonplace. Such is the case with this closely observed documentary following the lives of four seniors at Pahokee High School in Florida as they navigate their final year before adulthood. Na’Kerria is an affable young woman who dreams to be Miss PHS and get out of her small town through studying nursing at a university. Jocabed is a second-generation Mexican immigrant worried that her good grades won’t be enough to get to college. BJ, defensive star for the state-bound football team, hopes to parlay his athletic skill into a college education. Junior is the lead drummer of the marching band, looking only to dote on his toddling daughter when his schooling is done. The directors’ observational style allows for empathy without intrusion as these young adults navigate the transition to the next phase in their lives.