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Stop the Pounding Heart

Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Italian director Roberto Minervini’s absorbing film is a portrait of adolescence as experienced by a sheltered girl in a conservative farm family in rural Texas. Without condescension or judgment, we see life through the eyes of 14-year-old Sarah, who is homeschooled alongside her 11 other siblings by her loving mother but destined for a life of serving her husband as prescribed in the Bible. As she falls for a boy from a vastly different background, an intimate drama unfolds revealing Sara’s turmoil about her place in a faith where women are subservient. A portrait of contemporary American life not often seen, Minervini’s film was the Best Documentary winner at the David di Donatello (Italian Oscar) Awards.

Genres: Documentary

Other Films by Roberto Minervini

The Other Side

“By turns tender and disturbing, Minervini’s powerful docu-fiction hybrid profiles people living on the fringes of society. While they essentially play themselves, he clearly intervenes to create situations rather than observe them. Following his superb Texas-based Stop the Pounding Heart [PIFF 38], Minervini moves to Louisiana, where we come face-to-face with a group of people