A contemporary masterpiece of eco-therapy. Nine youths perform a ten-day initiation ceremony, at the heart of which is a thre day and night solo fast in the high desert of the Inyo Mountains in eastern California. On their return the initiates are greeted by teachers and family who listen as they attempt to come to terms with death, torn families, the deep frustration of adolescence, and with powerful resolve to make the transition to adulthood. Probes at the heart of the modern adolescent dilemma with gentle, lyrical, heart-wrenching strokes, even as it reveals a new yet very old way for youth and their parents to celebrate their coming of age.
Directed by Kim Shelton
Two Shoes Productions
Clip 1: Lost Borders: Coming of Age in the Wilderness from School of Lost Borders on Vimeo.