last updated - Sunday, February 1, 2015.
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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
A filmmaker trying to memorialize his murdered friend discovers that the woman who killed him was pregnant with his late friend's son.
Film #30 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #11 : A film that makes you cry!
Amateur Director Kurt Kuenne originally had no intentions of creating a documentary for public viewing! This started out as an act of love towards his best friend Andrew Bagby and his baby son Zachary and was only to be shared amongst family and friends! But when the justice system became an unwitting accomplice to a murder his plans for the film changed drastically!
While I highly recommend this film I would be failing you if I didn't reveal how devastating a film this was for me to watch! When I wasn't seething with anger I was crying a river!
Recommended to me on my Lend me your Heart list (which can be found here)
So it finally happened. I met my Nemesis. This film completely and utterly wrenched every emotion imaginable from me and left me gutted, sad, hopeful and amazed. And I cried and that is something I just don't do.
I guess anyone that has seen this film will agree with me that going in blind is the only way to fully appreciate the full extent of what director Kuenne has created here. Rationally, purely on a cinematic level, this film is astounding as it is. It is edited, narrated and structured perfectly. It manages to slowly suck you in and unfolds its story and eventual sentiment…
Dear Kathleen and David,
I can only imagine the pain that you must have felt. Your son was your world and he was taken away from you. Not by nature, but by fate and hate. Your souls would have been shattered. Your World must have come crashing upon you. But with pain comes God’s gift. It was like Paradise Regained. You had a chance to see your son in a different human being. A cute little new born can do miracles to a scarred soul. I know it would have felt like heaven after all the excruciating pain that you both had gone through. But then, that also was not to last. Heaven became hell in one single fateful day.…
Just a couple of days ago I claimed to probably never watch this documentary again. But today I did anyway and I… Can’t. Stop. Crying. Fuck.
I feel like I got ran over by a semi-truck. I feel physical and emotional pain.
I decided to make a movie, to travel far and wide, to interview everyone who ever knew and loved Andrew.
Films often deconstruct subjects of different natures, but this one deconstructs it's viewers on an emotional level far beyond anything I was ready to experience. I went into the film with a minimal knowledge of what exactly the documentary was about, astonishing for this day and age to say the least, so needless to say I was shocked and disturbed several times during my viewing.
Director Kurt Kuenne shows incredible restraint with this tightly paced documentary clocking in at 95 minutes. I would imagine it would have been easy to indulge in some aspects of the film considering…
This film is so divisive, even for me personally... I love the story that it tells and I cried so much. Yet I don't appreciate the way it's made, it was way too aggressive, preachy and scandalizing.
This documentary will destroy you, build you back up, then annihilate you once more. Don't read a synopsis, just watch it.
My first and last viewing.
A documentary usually aims to make the viewer feel something.
Talk about ripping at your heart strings. It's about more than just a person, or even a family. It is genuinely beautiful, the way it was able to tell a true story without remorse. Unfortunately for that family, and for us, it is near intolerable to watch without tears and empathy. My heart goes out to this family and their friends.
Este documental es una tremenda sorpresa. Lo que empieza como un video para recordar a un amigo muerto termina revelando la perturbadora verdad acerca de su muerte y se convierte en la dificil lucha de sus padres por detener al responsable y proteger a su nieto.
Pocas veces se ve tan claramente el amor de unos padres y abuelos en pantalla y el hecho de que cuando estén hablando de cometer un asesinato estemos de su lado es una experiencia muy poderosa.
i definitely ugly cried at this
so many feels
A truly heartbreaking and shocking story. Go into this with the preparation to be slapped in the face with grief and anger.
Documentaries are both incredible and important due to the level of intimacy and connection they achieve that are not possible in creative filmmaking. Dear Zachary exemplifies this truth by showing a heartbreaking story, told by people who speak openly, honestly, and with feeling. This is an affecting, poignant, heartbreaking documentary that everyone must see.
last updated - Sunday, February 1, 2015.
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