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2021 | 108 min | K-7 | drama

A woman in her sixties embarks on a journey through the western United States after losing everything in the Great Recession, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

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About the movie


  • arts
  • english
  • finnish
  • psychology
  • social studies
  • social studies


  • America
  • American dream
  • community
  • freedom
  • identity and growing
  • learning materials
  • loneliness
  • loss
  • movie technology
  • reading skills of movie
  • social class differences
  • economical uncertainty

Educational levels

  • high schools and vocational schools
  • middle schools


  • drama

Age limits

  • K-7


  • Oscar


  • 20th Century Fox

For media educator

Having lost her job, Fern packs her belongings into a van and hits the road to living outside traditional society, as a modern-day nomad. Chloé Zhao's third directorial effort also features the real nomads Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells, who serve as Fern's mentors and companions as she travels through the endless expanses of the West. The learning materials are suitable for upper secondary schools and the second level. The learning materials cover the following topics: Home and property, work and safety nets, the artistic process of making a film. (Source

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