The Humanity Bureau
2018 | 94 min | NOT-RATED
Climate change has turned parts of the American Midwest into a desert. The world economic recession is in its thirtieth year. In an attempt to erase deficit and improve productivity the government has legislated the deportation of all unproductive citizens. In the name of fairness and transparency a Federal Government agency known as the Humanity Bureau has been established to investigate and make selections based on a rating system. Citizens wishing to appeal their exile to a colony known as New Eden are given twenty-four hours to plead their case. An impartial caseworker is sent to investigate and decide their fate. Noah Kross (Nicolas Cage) is a studious government employee fast tracked for promotion. In the drought stricken farm community, Noah is sent to adjudicate the appeal of single mother Rachel Weller (Sarah Lind) and her young son Lucas (Jakob Davies). Rachel is at wits' end. She desperately needs a second chance, but Noah and his superior Adam Westinghouse (Hugh Dillon) know the truth. All Humanity Bureau verdicts are final and Rachel's fate was sealed long before Noah arrived to spin the government's illusion of hope and salvation. After a random accident, Noah begins to question his role in the bureaucracy. Knowing the unjust fate of the innocent boy, Kross sets off to save the lives of the mother and child and to expose the truth about the Humanity Bureau's secrets once and for all. On a dust choked acreage where dignity departed with the last long forgotten rain, a fatherless boy and a resilient woman with secrets of her own challenge Noah to be a better man.