American Passages

Dokus
Independent
| 120 min
English
| German

An epic documentary panorama about a journey through the United States: a disillusioned Iraq veteran, gay adoptive fathers, white party animals and a pimp in Las Vegas. Ruth Beckermann starts her quest in New York and goes all the way across the continent, through a total of eleven states - to apartment blocks where people have a lot of children and little money, to parties, prisons and memorials, to private houses threatened by repossession, to courtrooms, universities, and a casino. And to the many ""non-places"" in between: Highways restaurants, gas stations, and motorways. The extreme contrasts of black and white, rich and poor, winners and losers are often as surprising as the meaning of the constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness in these times of crisis.