Below Sea Level


Gianfranco Rosi

About 190 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 120 feet below sea level, a commune of outcasts lives in the middle of the desert. They’re not some hippie colony, just a group of people who have turned their backs on society and want to be left alone. On this bare, arid plain, we see a mobile home here and there, a car or an impromptu house. The people who live here answer to imaginative names like Bulletproof, Insane Wayne and Bus Kenny. They kill time with messing around, doing odd jobs, talking and living. For some of them, this desolate place with no electricity or running water is a temporary address, while for others it’s a permanent vacation. Everyone has his or her own reason for being here, and especially a reason not to be somewhere else.

Festivals & Awards

Orizzonti Doc Award & Doc/It Award – Venice International Film Festival 2008

Best Film & Young Jury Award – Cinéma du Réel 2009

Nominated for Best Documentary – European Film Award

Original title: Below Sea Level

Production: 21One Productions

Nationality: Italy - USA

Year of production: 2008

Running time: 115'

Language: English

Ratio: 1.85



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