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(Narrative, United States) Maria is a woman with no country. A Bulgarian immigrant and adoptive mother of a black daughter, she finds herself suddenly stricken with debilitating anxiety following a break-in at her home in Kentucky. When her daughter’s aging dog dies, Maria’s house arrest puts her into equally painful and funny situations that soon entangle her neighbors.
As Maria copes with the issues that have led her – a world traveler – into her self-inflicted prison, her daughter Meredith discovers her own identity through a search for her biological family.
RATING: Intended for Teen Audiences or older
Directors: S. Cagney Gentry and Thomas Southerland
S. Cagney Gentry is a filmmaker from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is a faithful Demon Deacon and a child of Appalachia. His debut feature, HARVEST (2015), was an exploration of aging and solitude deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The film played several festivals across the country and was awarded one of the top prizes at the Athens International Film + Video Festival.
Thomas Southerland’s first narrative feature, PROUD CITIZEN won the Jury Prize at the New Orleans Film Festival in 2014 and eight other Jury and Audience awards at festivals around the country and is streaming on Fandor. His two short documentaries, LAMP and LONELY KINGDOM have screened at numerous festivals in 2016 and 2017. LONELY KINGDOM won the Best Documentary Short Jury Prize at the Charlotte Film Festival.