Kill the Old Torture Their Young follows the stories of the inhabitants of a "second city" as they try to achieve happiness. A lauded documentary filmmaker returns to his home town for the first time in ten years. He's been hired to make a film about the city and its inhabitants' lives - a film to put them back on the map. But the people have routines to keep, emotional barriers to maintain, and rote pleasantries to exchange, all designed to protect the lives they've scraped together. The very skills that have enabled them to succeed at life in the city have gotten in the way of meaningful human connections. The question: is there any existence here worth documenting?