A portrait of an American family.

Jonathan Olshefski’s doco follows a buoyant young African American family and their working-class neighbourhood through the Obama years.... More

"Filmed with vérité intimacy over the course of a decade, the documentary feature debut of director Jonathan Olshefski is a portrait of a family living in North Philadelphia. Set against the backdrop of a country engulfed in turmoil, and a neighborhood assaulted by inequality and neglect, it follows Christopher “Quest” Rainey, and his wife Christine’a, “Ma Quest,” as they raise their children and nurture the creative sanctuary offered by their home music studio. The family evolves before our eyes, and what began as a tender depiction of an American family develops into a stunning illumination of race, class, and community." (Sundance Film Festival)Hide

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  • Devoid of any political posturing or editorial agenda, Quest is a jarring and gentle testament to the powers of family and individual kindness. Full Review

  • [A] living, breathing, stunning documentary study of an African-American family in North Philadelphia weathering a tumultuous decade. Full Review

  • Quest makes it clear that some things endure beyond political events. Full Review

  • Olshefski illuminates the rich, strife-filled lives of these extraordinary people. Full Review

  • A ten-year labour of love, culled from more than 300 hours of intimate observational footage, Quest is a documentary with a seemingly banal remit but it bristles with cinematic urgency and dramatic power. Full Review

  • Through eight years of filming ... the director discovers an everyday American story of extraordinary strength. Full Review

  • Olshefski captures the frustration, resignation and determination that leaves you struck by this family -- average in their concerns but extraordinary in their dedication to one another. Full Review

  • Quest speaks volumes about working-class life and the necessity of community, parenting, perseverance, speaking out, speaking up, hope. Full Review

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