In the truly wonderful 2010 documentary Marwencol by filmmaker Jeff Malmberg, a miniature Belgian town, populated by Barbie dolls and World War II action figures, is lovingly created in the backyard of Mark Hogencamp as a means of self-therapy after Mark is viciously attacked and left severely brain-damaged by a gang of thugs in Kingston, New York. Rarely does an act of senseless violence have such an uplifting, heartwarming, and outright artistic outcome and, though I would love to say more about this touching and fascinating story, I don't want to "spoil" it for you. I'll just say, count your blessings, open your mind, get dressed to the nines, and go to town. You can read all about it later on. There's a good chance your local library has a copy, but it's also available from Netflix, both on DVD and streaming. Marwencol is a very moving movie that you won't soon forget. There were 25 cases of Twon (for town) in OhioLINK and 323 in WorldCat.
(Official theatrical poster for the 2010 documentary feature film Marwencol, from Wikipedia.)
Friday, January 6, 2012
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