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Apple TV+ promotes 'Boys State' on the eve of the United States election

Boys State
Boys State (Image credit: Apple TV+)

What you need to know

  • Apple TV+ is promoting Boys State with a new YouTube video.
  • The video sees experts, politicians, and activists discuss the documentary.
  • This as we're just days away from the election in the United States.

Apple TV+ is taking the opportunity to remind the United States about its documentary, Boys State, at a time where democracy is very much on the agenda. A new ad sees experts, politicians, and activists discuss the documentary.

With the United States presidential election taking place on November 3 all eyes are on the country right now. And Apple TV+'s documentary is particularly apt. Here's how it's described by the streaming service.

The sensational winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Boys State is a wildly entertaining and continually revealing immersion into a week-long annual program in which a thousand Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government. Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine closely track the escalating tensions that arise within a particularly riveting gubernatorial race, training their cameras on unforgettable teenagers like Ben, a Reagan-loving arch-conservative who brims with confidence despite personal setbacks, and Steven, a progressive-minded child of Mexican immigrants who stands by his convictions amidst the sea of red. In the process, they have created a complex portrait of contemporary American masculinity, as well as a microcosm of our often dispiriting national political divisions that nevertheless manages to plant seeds of hope.

While I've yet to take the documentary in myself, I've heard promising things about it. And maybe, now of all times, the United States could do with a reminder of how democracy works.

If this whets your appetite you can catch Boys State over on Apple TV+ now. So long as you're a subscriber, of course. Failing that, why not check out the newly released Apple One instead? You'll get Apple TV+ and a ton more thrown in.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.