In the desert of Southern California lies the unfinished city of California City.
It was a predesigned city, originally intended to mirror Los Angeles in size and population, but it was never completed. At the centre of VICTORIA stands Lashay T. Warren, who left behind his turbulent past in LA to make a fresh start within this grid of thousands of crumbling streets.
Lashay makes his way through the vast city on foot. He reports about his encounters with his new and unfamiliar home in a diary, just like the early pioneers did, when they entered a foreign desert country. Sharp-witted and playful, the diary fragments show his wonder at his new desert surroundings, his efforts to obtain his high school diploma at the age of 26, and his absurd and endless job maintaining the disappearing streets of California City.
World premiere: Berlin IFF – Forum 2020 – Caligari Award, Indie Lisboa – TVCine Channels Award, Beldocs – Special Jury Mention, Open City London – Open City Award, Play Doc Galicia – Best Play Doc Picture 2020, Docville – Best Belgian Film, Curitiba IFF – Special Jury Prize, Jean Rouch IFF – The Antropology and Environmental Award, Big Sky IDFF Montana – Artistic Vision Award