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Monrovia, Indiana
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Monrovia, Indiana
Fri Nov 16: 7.00pm
Sat Nov 17: 7.00pm
Sun Nov 18: 7.00pm
Mon Nov 19: 3.00pm
Tue Nov 20: 3.00pm
Wed Nov 21: 7.00pm

Frederick Wiseman
US
2018
2h 23m

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Located in mid-America, MONROVIA, INDIANA, (pop. 1,063) founded in 1834, is primarily a farming community. The film is about the day-to-day experiences living and working in Monrovia, with emphasis on community organizations and institutions, religion and daily life in this farming community. Forty-six million Americans live in rural, small town America. These towns were once the backbone of American life. While their number and populations have shrunk, the importance of rural America as a formative center of American politics and values was demonstrated in the 2016 presidential election. To understand more about American life, it is important acknowledge the unique and important contributions small towns make to American character and culture, in addition to providing most of our food, raw materials and drinking water. The film explores the conflicting stereotypes and illustrates how values like community service, duty, spiritual life, generosity and authenticity are formed, experienced and lived. It gives a complex and nuanced view of daily life in Monrovia, providing some understanding of a rural, mid-American way of life that has always been important in America but 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.

I thought a film about a small farming community in the Midwest would be a good addition to the series I have been doing on contemporary American life. Monrovia, Indiana appealed to me because of its size, location (I have never shot a film in the rural Midwest) and the shared cultural and religious interests within the community. During the nine weeks of filming, the residents of Monrovia were helpful, friendly and welcoming, and gave me access to all aspects of daily life. Life in big American cities on the east and west coasts is regularly reported on and I was interested in learning more about life in small town America and sharing my view.  Frederick Wiseman

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Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States

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