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Oct 19, 2008 at 8:00 pm – Mar 7, 2010 at 6:00 am

State Legislature

With Nicolas Rapold

STATE LEGISLATURE shows the day-to-day activities of the Idaho Legislature during an entire session. Idaho is governed by citizen legislators, not career politicians: they are farmers and ranchers, businessmen and women, lawyers, doctors, sales people, and teachers. Lobbyists, lawmakers and their constituents are seen debating and discussing the concerns of the electorate, on issues that range from violence in schools, mad cow disease and video voyeurism to illegal immigration, secondhand smoke and the deregulation of telephone rates. The film is an example of the achievements, values, constraints and limitations of the democratic process.

“The most important living filmmaker in the U.S. takes a close look at the workings of the Idaho State Legislature with its different committees and chambers. The discussions range over a large variety of issues, most of which have little in common save for the fact that they concern the good people of Idaho, yet one has the impression that all these individuals are talking to one another, that there’s a dialogue, a sense of working at something that’s much bigger than all the legislature’s committees put together, bigger in fact than the state itself – in a word, civilization. This begins with individuals gathering together, and so the film’s closeding and closing prayer-session sequences suggest that the legislature as at once a family, a community, and a place of history and therefore of both change and memory. Amazing grace indeed.” –Olaf Möller, Film Comment Festival Screenings Berlin International Film Festival, February 2007

HOT DOCS Canadian Documentary Film Festival, April 2007

Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, April 2007

Visions du Reel, Switzerland, April 2007 – Winner of the Templeton PrizeWinner of the Templeton PrizeWinner of the Templeton PrizeWinner of the Templeton Prize

Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea, May 2007

Silverdocs Film Festival, June 2007

Jerusalem International Film Festival, July 2007

International Human Rights Film Festival Nuremberg, October 2007

Flanders International Film Festival-Ghent, October 2007

Lisbon International Documentary Film Festival, October 2007

The Times BFI London Film Festival, October 2007

VIENNALE, October 2007

CPH:DOX International Documentary Film Festival Cclosedhagen, November 2007

Filmmaker Film Festival, Milan, November 2007

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, November 2007


Nicolas Rapold is an editor at Film Comment and until recently wrote on film for The New York Sun. His article on Frederick Wiseman appeared in the September issue of Sight & Sound. He has also written for The L Magazine, Moving Image Source, and elsewhere. Email: [email protected]


Oct 19, 2008 at 8:00 pm
Mar 7, 2010 at 6:00 am


BROOKLYN, NY 11211 United States
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