ABOUT THE FILM
All Illusions Must Be Broken weaves a compelling tale inspired by the insights of cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Denial of Death. Through Becker’s discerning lens, the film addresses the profound shifts occurring as children’s formative years are increasingly dominated by digital and artificial realms, a departure from the natural world’s authentic beauty. This exploration highlights our growing tendencies towards self-deception.
Intertwining Becker’s profound thoughts, modern views on screen’s pervasive influence, and vignettes of a boy’s life from infancy to teen years, this narrative serves as both an insightful essay and an intimate verité study.
A collaboration by acclaimed filmmakers Laura Dunn & Jef Sewell and backed by Executive Producers Terrence Malick and Robert Redford, All Illusions Must Be Broken is the finale of a trilogy that delves into the tension between nature and our evolving culture, following The Unforeseen (2007) and Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (2017).