North American Premiere
Botton Village - tucked away high on England’s north Yorkshire moors - is part soap opera; part Village of the Damned. It’s a bold social experiment where 136 special needs “villagers” with learning difficulties live in a commune with 100 “co-workers.” Partly because of its isolation, Botton is a place of high emotion where outbursts of bizarre behavior are part of the routine and are benignly tolerated. Landmark Films was given remarkably free access to Botton and “Village Life” - filmed over a cold winter - is an extraordinary mix of conflict, emotion and weirdness. “Village Life” unfolds in a series of observed scenes, allowing special needs people to speak for themselves, unmediated by experts or educational therapists. The result is a film which is raw, direct, honest and provocative.