Camilla Magid's film from the exposed neighbourhood South Central Los Angeles is a sensitive and worldly-wise depiction of a harsh social reality.
Life is not easy in the predominantly black South Central Los Angeles. At least not when you have just been released after 24 years in prison and barely know what the internet (or Starbucks) is, if you are a mother in a neighbourhood controlled by gangs, or a young father and all you can write on your CV is pusher. But there is still hope in the inhabitants' words of wisdom and human warmth. Camilla Magid's attentive film from the exposed neighbourhoods is rich in both of these qualities, and in the particular kind of humanity that characterises a really good documentary. 'Land of the Free' takes the American motto seriously, and reveals a will to take matters into ones own hands in a tarnished environment at a critical moment in history, when the Black Lives Matter movement and Trump are fighting an unequal but fierce battle to define the terms of how the other half of society should live their lives. A point that Magid stresses by insisting on imagery that is both cinematic and caring.