Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Library Video of the Week, May 7, 2012.

Marwencol: when his world was stolen Mark Hogancamp made a world of his own. A documentary directed and produced by Jeff Malmberg. Library Call Number: RC387.5 .M37 2010.
            The story of a man who literally had to rebuild his mind, and did it on his own,, this film won best documentary from the Independent Spirit Awards, The Boston Film society and numerous other festivals.
From the caption: After being brutally attacked outside a bar and recovering from a coma and extensive physical injuries, Mark Hogancamp suffered brain damage and nearly total memory loss. Unable to afford therapy he spent the next few years building a scale model, World War II-era town, Marwencol, populated with dolls, where he lived out his fantasy life, and which he documented in photographs. When his photographs were discovered by an art magazine, a New York gallery invited him to show his work, forcing him to choose between his self-contained world and the larger world from which he had retreated.

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