Arthouse Garage Podcast

049: Boys State

We break down the 2020 doc Boys State, in which hundreds of teenage boys create a mock democracy
Season 6: Best Films of 2020
Season 6: Best Films of 2020
049: Boys State

“I don’t hate the man. Never will. I think he’s a fantastic politician. But I don’t think a fantastic politician is a compliment either.”

The 2020 documentary Boys State depicts a political experiment that takes place every year in Texas. Hundreds of 17-year-old boys gather and carry out a mock election cycle over a week’s time, and in 2018 a group of filmmakers capture the whole thing. We break down the film and what it says about our current political situation, as well as what might be hopeful about the film.

I’m joined by documentary filmmaker Obed Lamy, who grew up in Haiti and has an interesting perspective on American politics. I (Andrew) also have a unique perspective on the film, because I attended Arkansas Boys State when I was 17. It makes for a very interesting conversation!

Read the full episode transcript here


Boys State trailer on YouTube

Watch Obed Lamy’s film A Promising Voice on Vimeo

My IGTV review of Obed’s film

Obed Lamy on instagram






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Andrew Sweatman

Andrew is a writer, podcaster, and film lover who wants to help people think critically about movies. He lives in central Arkansas with his wife Allison and two children, Rosie & Beau. Andrew is the Senior Editor at Arthouse Garage and a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA). Find him at and on Twitter and Instagram: @ArthouseGarage.

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