The Last Free Place in America | Slab City

Jun 3, 2023 | Environmental, Videos

Southern California’s Sonoran Desert is home to the eccentric inhabitants of Slab City. This squatter community is a world away from modern civilization, with no running water, electricity, sewage system or trash pickup. Yet the so-called Slabbers embrace their freedom in a landscape dotted with broken trailers and old school buses. Some of their closest neighbors? The United States Navy and Marine Corps, who practice aerial bombing in the area.
Meet Rob, proprietor of the local internet cafe and self-proclaimed master of brewing. Although Rob himself despises coffee, he painstakingly creates “the best coffee in the county” daily for his loyal customers. Desert Coffee immerses viewers in the daily lives of a colorful group of regulars and their loyal dogs, who gather at Rob’s cafe for coffee and wifi – the last free place in America. This intimate and heartwarming portrait of life off the grid will leave a lasting impression.

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