God Save Texas

God Save Texas

Three directors take an unflinching look at the Lone Star State through the issues hitting their hometowns

7.5

TV Show

United States of America
English
Documentary
2024

TLDR

Never thought Richard Linklater would do something like this, but this is a story that has to be told, and I hope more filmmakers would be encouraged to do the same with their hometowns.

What it's about

Three directors from the Lone Star State return to their hometowns to chronicle the past, present, and future of Texas.

The take

Sometimes thinking about your home state can feel complicated, because while it’s your home, the events and issues and controversies of the state can make people think differently of it. With plenty of controversies but also having the most residents, Texas does have a distinct cultural identity, and Texan native director Richard Linklater explores its different sides, including the sides unheard of, through the three-part God Save Texas. Teaming up with Alex Stapleton and Iliana Sosa, they tackle the Huntsville prison complex, the Houston oil industry, and the borders of El Paso, but they do so through a compassionate, personal perspective that simply and subtly shifts our understanding of the Lone Star State, and America as a whole.

What stands out

God Save Texas is actually based on a book, but you wouldn’t know it at first because the stories are vastly different. That being said, it does have the same approach, talking specifically about their respective topics through personal anecdotes about their friends and neighbors. This approach makes the show stand out from other docuseries because you can feel that the directors have a personal stake in their topics, and it makes it so compelling.

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