Boys State

Boys State

The sensational winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Boys State is a wildly entertaining and continually revealing immersion into a week-long annual program in which a thousand Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government.

Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine closely track the escalating tensions that arise within a particularly riveting gubernatorial race, training their cameras on unforgettable teenagers like Ben, a Reagan-loving arch-conservative who brims with confidence despite personal setbacks, and Steven, a progressive-minded child of Mexican immigrants who stands by his convictions amidst the sea of red. In the process, they have created a complex portrait of contemporary American masculinity, as well as a microcosm of our often dispiriting national political divisions that nevertheless manages to plant seeds of hope. 

Live Q&A at Curzon Mayfair

Thursday 29 October 6.00pm

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, live from San Francisco and Curzon Mayfair, and broadcasted live to selected Curzon cinemas.



Jesse Moss, Amanda McBain



Running Time:

109 minutes


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