The Better Angels

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93 minutes

Indiana, 1817. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is still raw. Men and women must battle against nature and disease to survive in log cabins. This is young Abraham Lincoln’s world. Spanning three years of the future president’s childhood, the film explores his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality.
The stark wilderness they inhabit comes alive in stunning black-and-white cinematography as the story follows the struggles of the characters. They are forced to take on new additions to the family, learning what acceptance and empathy really mean. Using visual and narrative poetry, Edwards shows the austerity of the era and reveals what shaped one of history’s most distinctive leaders.

A.J. Edwards