One of the more intriguing titles in this year's Sitges Film Festival, American Jesus
sees Barcelona based director Aram Garriga team with producer - and American indie icon - Larry Fessenden for a study of outsider faith in America. A look at those streams of Christianity that exist outside the mainstream - from the curiosities of the Cowboy Church to extreme charismatic snake handlers to elements that may be considered more insidious - Garriga provides an utterly compelling, remarkably balanced look at extreme faith in America.
AMERICAN JESUS is an exploration of Christianity in every faction of American Life, from the breadline to the yoga studio, from the humble churches of snake handlers to the mega churches in the ex-urbs. Christian cowboys, bikers and musicians, comedians, surfers and cage-fighters, they are all doing it for Christ. Aram Garriga travels from his native Barcelona to the politically divided United States to chronicle the sometimes bizarre relationship between faith, materialism, politics and personal passions in this uniquely American tableaux.
Populated by an array of religious and secular characters offering candid, often illuminating testimonials, AMERICAN JESUS is a vivid mosaic of personalities and conflicting points of view that emerges as a portrait of an America yearning for solace and meaning in the modern world.
Take a look at the trailer below.
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