We Are All In This Together Many bike films explore themes like history or show us far flung adventure, locales we might never visit on our own. Some go a deeper, examining some of the pathos that comes with being a human being. Daniel Troia’s new documentary We Are All In This Together takes a look at us; that is, all of us that make up America. Or at least the portion of all of us that he encountered on his ride across our country, from Monterey to New York City and back again.
In May 2018, Troia set off from Monterey, on the California coast, with nothing but the clothes on his back and in his panniers, a one-man tent, some cooking and camera equipment, a few select bike tools, and the bicycle beneath him. He brought no money and no food, hoping that the the kindness of others would help him get from one side of America to the other.
He also had a cardboard sign, with a short message scribbled on it in permanent marker.
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The sign led to many of Troia’s interpersonal encounters along his journey, to the people who gave him food or money or both, to continue his journey. To each person, Troia asked a version of the same question: “Why’d you help me?” Related Stories The answers varied in detail but most shared one common trait. Most of the […]