North by Current
Filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax returns to his hometown to examine the circumstances behind his niece’s death.
Angelo Madsen Minax
Angelo Madsen Minax, Felix Endara
USA 2021. 86min
Sales Journeyman Pictures
Self-enquiry becomes self-revelation in this densely woven documentary. Set in rural Michigan, where the epic landscape conceals communities grappling with faith, addiction and dysfunction, North by Current raises many questions. How do we make peace with a difficult childhood? Are we responsible for the lives of others? And how do our suspicions distort the truth? Anchored by the intriguing character of his sister, who struggles with addiction, an abusive relationship and grief, yet tempered by revelations about his own behaviour, Minax never forgets the absent child at the centre of the story. The result is a poetic portrait of ordinary people coping with extraordinary loss.
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