In Search of America

In Search of America

A road trip through the USA in 100 days

Two oceans, four time zones and 25 states in 100 days. A film team traveled for three months through the US and met people who usually don't get heard. Who are the Americans and what are their thoughts? What are their fears and hopes?

From the early immigrant states on the East Coast the trip passes through the Midwest. The contrast between the industrial centers of Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago could not be bigger. While Chicago has become a Mecca for architects, Detroit has been abandoned, is in ruins and has the highest level of crime in America. People find hope in religion. Religion gave distinction to Salt Lake City, home of the Mormons. From there the journey continues to the West Coast of California. The conversations the film-team capture are colourful and varied: a truck-driver who specializes in the transportation of livestock, a star architect, a dancer in the Death Valley desert; and, on the return trip to the East Coast, a man on death row in the Texas prison city of Huntsville and a Civil Rights activists in Selma, Alabama. All these encounters draw a picture of the social, political, cultural and economical realities and contradictions of contemporary America.