Scene from the film Northern Light
Scene from the film Northern Light
Scene from the film Northern Light
Scene from the film Northern Light
Scene from the film Northern Light
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Northern Light

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Set against the backdrop of a town’s annual snowmobile race, Northern Light interweaves captivating stories of recession-era America. The lives of three families change profoundly in the north woods of Michigan, where winters are unforgiving, jobs are hard to come by, and the line between living life and merely surviving is razor-thin.

This is a cinematic, observational documentary that explores the American working class experience through character-based storytelling. As racers and their families pin their hopes to a 500 mile-long test of endurance, small triumphs and giant sacrifices are made along the way.

Dysfunction and hardship permeate the cold, but this harsh setting often becomes an incubator for community and familial intimacy. Northern Light explores this disparity through the eyes of remarkably strong men and women, their stories told in richly styled portraiture. From a frozen corner of the country emerge three American families.

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  • Original title
    Northern Light
  • Direction
  • Editing
    Yoonha Park
  • Music
    Saunder Jurriaans, Danny Bensi
  • Duration
    105 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • True / False Film Fest 2013
    • Visions du Réel 2013
    • Hot Docs Film Festival 2013
    • Duluth Superior Film Festival 2013
    • BAMcinemaFest 2013
    • MoMA PS1 – Expo 1: New York 2013
    • Possible Worlds Festival of Canadian and American Cinema 2013
    • New Orleans Film Festival 2013
    • American Film Festival 2013
    • Vienna International Film Festival 2013
    • Driftless Film Festival 2013
    • International Film Festival Bratislava 2013
    • Unknown Pleasures #6 American Independent Film Festival 2014
    • Northwest Film Forum 2014
    • Sebastopol Doc Film Festival 2014
    • Cinetopia Film Festival 2014
    • Soo Film Festival 2014
    • Snowtown Film Festival 2015 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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