Documentary, 75 min
Dir: Florian Schewe
Prod: Nestan Langmesser, Film University Babelsberg "Konrad Wolf" / dffB
DP/Co-director: Vojtech Pokorny, HD
Editor: Till Ufer
Year of completion: 2009
Inspired by Hartmut Bitomsky's film 'Highway 40 West' (1980), the two young filmmakers (Film and Television University, Potsdam) follow Bitomsky's transcontinental route from Atlantic City to San Francisco.
The itinerary was specially chosen to avoid the modern flow of traffic and mainstream points of interest. The audience becomes one of the passengers on this trip, traveling more than 4,000 kilometers by car through the American heartland. The stops are mostly in small towns in the middle of nowhere. The episodes vary in length and each centers on its own concrete theme. The town's residents talk about their lives and their view of the world, which also ends up showing what makes each State special. The filmmakers have found the perfect form – the road film – for presenting the stops along the way in their own episodic fashion. By traveling from East to West, the film also mirrors not only the historical expansion of the United States but portrays the mythical 'American Way of Life'.
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Documentary by Florian Schewe and Vojtech Pokorny. Production: ZDF/HFF/DFFB 2009 http://www.realeyz.tv/de/amiland.html