The Fourth Kingdom (Short) Review

The Fourth Kingdom
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"The Fourth Kingdom" explores the world of a redemption center in NYC, where a community is built outside the rest of th world.

The Fourth Kingdom is a documentary short film directed by Adán Aliaga and Àlex Lora, two Spanish filmmakers who are tackling the subject of immigration, poverty, and homelessness with a narrow focus on a place called “The Fourth Kingdom”, a recycling redemption center in New York City.  

It follows a group of people whom make that redemption center home, and touches briefly on their stories, how they ended up there, and some of the struggles they’ve gone through, mostly through interviews.

The majority of the residents seem to be former homeless people that have found solace in the community they have built.  The main downfall of the film is it’s too short and does not really spend enough time explaining exactly what point it is trying to make.  It sheds light on a few of the residents in the community, and tells small pieces of their story.

However, it doesn’t spend enough time explaining how they got there, what draws them there, or exactly what they do everyday, except band together to form a community of social outcasts.

Technically speaking, the film is magnificently made, with excellent cinematography, shot selection, and sound design.  In the end, it still feels too abrupt, and not enough time is spent exploring the subjects at hand.


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