Water is often a symbolic representation of rebirth. It washes our bodies, and sometimes even cleanses our souls. In Out of State, we follow a man's journey to redemption. Like, a fish swimming upstream, David must find a way to the other side.
Out of State, directed by Ciara Lacy, is the story of a Hawaiian prisoner, shipped thousands of miles away from his native land. Due to overcrowding, David is one of many inmates relocated to a for-profit prison in Arizona. He has lost his home, freedom, and purpose.
To survive life behind bars, and make peace with his existence, David must rediscover his identity. Despite being oceans away, David learns that embracing his cultural heritage brings home closer to home. Luckily, he will find strength in his fellow Hawaiian prisoners.
Although, prison becomes a place of healing for him, he cannot stay there forever. When he is approved for parole, he travels back to the land of ocean and sky. There, he must apply his new outlook on life; after all his family is counting on him. In the face of poverty, depression, and illness, will reconnecting to his Hawaiian roots, keep him swimming in the right direction?
Ultimately, Out of State, is about a man washing away a life of trouble by rediscovering his selfhood. This film is an excellent watch, for anyone that has ever struggled with the question, "Who am I?" Are we defined by our predicament, or the blood that flows through our veins? It will remind you of your own will to succeed despite immense obstacles. Because after all, we are all just fish swimming in the ocean of life.
Out of State runs 80 minutes and will be shown Friday, April 20 at 6:45 p.m. at Movie Tavern and Sunday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre as part of Thin Line Film Festival. To register for Thin Line Fest or to purchase a premium registration, click here.