Paul Michael Rodgers | United States | 00:10:30 | 2022

“Decade” is an experimental documentary of the director’s upbringing, chronicling from birth to adolescence his journeys at the intersection of an unexamined faith and a larger world. Constructed from family photos, this animated commentary depicts the relationship between a religious mother and her son whose coached memorization and recitation of a Rosary prayer evolves from empty mimicry to comforting ritual, and finally to absurd tedium. An age-old story of uncoupling and rebellion, “Decade” is a non-narrative fever dream, an animated slideshow that uses dark humor and metaphor to capture the spirit of the director’s past and the messiness of growth.