THE FOURTH KINGDOM: the kingdom of plastics
Directed by Adán Aliaga and Alex Lora
2019, 82 minutes
The Fourth Kingdom: The Kingdom of Plastics is a compassionate through-the-seasons study of a non-profit recycling and redemption center in New York called Sure We Can. Here, a diverse group of immigrants, homeless individuals and outcasts engages in work, friendship and deep thinking, forging a surrogate family. Ana, René, Malvin, Pierre, Eugene and Walter discuss God, physics, loneliness and UFOs while feeding kittens, playing music and recycling, in this artful observational film with touches of magic realism..
Sure We Can was founded by Spanish missionary Ana Martinez de Luco in 2007 and has since been a home for people previously living in the rough. As a mother figure, Ana provides guidance to canners and volunteers alike. One of her “sons” is René, a Mexican immigrant struggling to remain sober. Far from home with no prospects of returning, René watches videos of his children back home, as he diligently follows Alcoholics Anonymous’s 12-step program. Eugene and Pierre are also troubled. Once a jazz pianist, Pierre suffers from depression but finds solace and meaning picking up cans. Eugene also struggles with drug addiction. Despite making a living off recycling waste created by a consumerist culture, the Sure We Can family still dreams of a better tomorrow in a harsh capitalist society.
Subjects & Collections
American Studies Alcohol & Drug Abuse Chicano Studies Cinema Studies Environmental Studies Immigration Labor Studies Latino Studies New York City Urban Studies 2020
Festivals & Awards
DOC NYC - Winner's Circle Official Selection
DOCUMENTA MADRID – Best National Feature Documentary Award
ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL – Best Feature Documentary Award
KRAKOW FILM FESTIVAL – Silver Horn Award & FIPRESCI Award
AMSTERDAM FILM FESTIVAL – Van Gogh Award
BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL – Official Competition
BOSTON LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Official Competition
Further ReadingThe New York Times: A ‘Street Nun’ Who Specializes in Redemption - Ana Martinez de Luco, a nun, helped to form the “Sure We Can” redemption center in Brooklyn.
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