SOME MILLION MILEs
Adam Forrester & Jared Ragland, 12 minutes, USA
Atop Sand Mountain, a sandstone plateau in northeast Alabama infamous for poultry processing, Pentecostal snake-handling, and methamphetamine production, we meet Chico, Alice, and Misty, whose lives have been shaped by meth use. In a series of confessional vignettes, Chico struggles with reintegration into society following a jail sentence; Alice pursues recovery and fights for custody of her daughter; and Misty rebuilds a stable life after ending an abusive relationship. Set within a rural landscape of abundant beauty and deep poverty, SOME MILLION MILES presents a meditation on loss and the search for redemption amidst systemic social and economic marginalization.