Claude MILLER (Les Films de la Boissière), Annie MILLER (Les Films de la Boissière), Nathan MILLER (Can & Co Productions)
2008: election of the 44th President of the United States. Within this context University College and campus bands called “marching bands” were more than ever involved within political rallies. Especially popular in the United States they reflect values of all sectors of American society, white as well as African-American cultural expression. They offer their devoted public exhilarating parades, high in musical and visual color. Despite their differences, whether the University of Virginia (UVA) - prestigious university whose marching band is rather conventional and traditional - or the Virginia South University (VSU) -whose marching band is among the best in the nation - both followed the presidential election, the events which reached their climax on November 4th 2008. Between hope and doubt, optimism and pessimism, these young people offer us their points of view and the United States never appeared as divided as during the 2004 presidential election. Through his film, boosted by the extraordinary energy of these marching bands, Claude Miller sketched a portrait of today’s American youth and assessed the position of these students in the run up to a political decision that could change their life and the face of the world.