The Sweet East

Friday, December 1, 2023

Please note: Unfortunately, an open-captioned version of this film has not been created by the studio, so we are unable to present the below shows with open captions as originally announced. Instead, these shows will play uncaptioned. The film does have closed captions, which are accessible with devices available at the theater. We apologize for the inconvenience. For other non-open captioned screenings, see here.

The mental, social and political disarray of the United States, filmed like a game of hopscotch or a variation on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. High school student Lillian runs away while on a school trip and traverses the spectrum of contemporary radicalism and madness, from white supremacists to Islamic radicals, from neo-punks to woke avant-gardists. At every leg of her journey, she comes into contact with hermetic worlds, whose citizens rant and rave to each other, blissfully ignorant of their neighbors. A story at the crossroads of a traditional fairytale, a picaresque narrative, and 1970s New Hollywood.


  • Country USA
  • Running Time 104 minutes
  • Format DCP
  • Distributor Utopia
  • Director Sean Price Williams
  • Cast Talia Ryder, Earl Cave, Simon Rex, Ayo Edebiri, Jeremy O'Harris
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil, Open Captioning

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