Written and directed by Maria Breaux, Mother Country bravely traverses a minefield of race and class issues while sidestepping cliché. She and the film manage to emerge miraculously intact.
Dwight Porter (Thomas Galasso) gets caught up in gang violence in Austin. He escapes the heat by embarking on an unscheduled (and highly unorthodox) road trip to California in search of Miss Dupree (Cindy Pickett), his high school teacher from what seems like another lifetime. He remembers her as one of the few adults who ever made him feel worthy of a place in society.
What happens between Texas and California takes an organic trajectory untainted by focus groups and marketing studies.