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The Bikes of Wrath

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(Also available in 101 mins) Five Australian friends attempt to cycle 2600kms from Oklahoma to California in honour of the mighty westward migration undertaken by ‘The Grapes of Wrath’s’ Joad family. Through chance encounters with everyday Americans, the cyclists explore the novel’s core themes – migration, inequality and the perceived land of opportunity – and how the nation has progressed some 78 years after Steinbeck’s Dust Bowl depiction was first published. It is through countless acts of generosity from small-town individuals and communities, to desolating encounters with ‘unwanted’ Americans, that the cyclists experience first-hand the startling parallels of the novel in a country still grappling with immigration, wealth disparity and, ultimately, its own sense of identity. The Bikes of Wrath couldn’t be more timely. It’s a funny, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful documentary that opens our eyes to the complexities of America, all while shining a positive light on the nation at a time when the world needs it most. Bronze Award – SHAFF 2019. Best Film – Irish Adventure Film Festival 2019. Audience Choice Award – Transitions Film Festival 2019. People’s Choice Award – BANFF 2018. Winner – Rueda Film Festival 2018. Winner Best Feature Director & Best Documentary Feature – Twister Alley Film Festival 2018. Winner – Gig Harbor Film Festival 2018. Audience Choice Award – AFME 2018. Winner Spirit of Adventure – 5Point Film Festival 2018. Official Selection 2019: Sedona International Film Festival. Official Selections 2018: Heartland International Film Festival, Southside Film Festival.