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NOMADLAND Directed by Chloé Zhao Starring: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Charlene Swankie Hey Fern! - Linda Hey Linda! - Fern Come and join us. - Linda No, I’ll be back soon - Fern

Following a woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in The Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern -day nomad. This is an inspired work of fiction of survival on the open road that is filmed like a documentary. It is based on Jessica Bruder’s 2017 nonfiction book, Nomadland. Frances McDormand stars alongside a cast of real nomads. In 2011, the fictitious widowed Fern (Frances McDormand), with no children is a 60ish Nevada widow who lost her house when the gypsum mine closed after 88 years and the town of Empire became a ghost town. The former residents scattered in all directions. Fern now travels and lives in her run-down white van, which needs costly repairs. Fern picks up part time Christmas work at an Amazon fulfilment center in the desert haven of RTR (Rubber Tramp Rendezvous) in Quartzite, Arizona, she meets Bob Wells (self). There’s also fellow travellers Charlene Swankie (self) and Linda May (real life nomad and mentor), and others like Derek (Derek Endres). Becoming a reluctant adventurer, Fern is too poor to retire, as she veers from job to job. The former English teacher who bumps into one of her old students on the road (“Still doing that van thing?” the kid’s mother asks), Fern understands her struggle, and has no need to explain things when visiting her estranged comfortable-living sister (Melissa Smith). Fern later meets the divorced dad Dave (David Strathairn) the only other actor in the movie), a former drifter, at the RTR, and is tempted by a romance, but parts before coming serious. 4

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