Americas Heart and Soul
The cinematography vividly captures the landscapes and brilliant colors that make this country so beautiful and the unique people that make it shine. Filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg hits the road with his camera and interviews Americans from various walks of life. The documentary begins with the last cowboy of Telluride, Colorado. He tells his life story and how the Rocky Mountains inspired him to give up alcohol. The journey then leads to a Vermont dairy farmer who milks cows by vocation and writes music to celebrate living. The focus shifts to a New Orleans family of musicians who enjoy playing their songs in the streets so that everyone can hum along. Then it’s a Washingtonian welder who molds scrap metal into rusty sculptures. In another scene, a man with severe physical limitations recounts how his father began pushing him in a wheelchair during marathons. The film highlights a number of locations across the country with personal glimpses of Americans like these.
America’s Heart and Soul portrays Americans who are honest, hardworking citizens and try to give back to their communities. The people featured in this documentary have this in common: They take ownership for their lives and follow their dreams. America’s Heart and Soul makes one feel good about being an American. Unfortunately, in one of the interviews a man uses God’s name in vain twice. In another, a person casually refers to Jesus Christ in an inappropriate manner. The rest of the material is overwhelmingly positive and offers a refreshing picture of the United States. Dove therefore recommends this one for the family.