Strange Culture Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 7926

Average Rating: 2.7/4

# of Ratings: 7

Theatrical Release Date: 10/05/2007

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 03/25/2008

Language: English

Genre: Documentary

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Lynn Hershman-Leeson

Actors: Thomas Jay Ryan, Tilda Swinton, Josh Kornbluth, Peter Coyote, Cassie Powell, Steve Kurtz

Plot: In 2004, artist Steve Kurtz's wife Hope died in their home - but when the police arrived, they were more interested in Kurtz's (harmless) biological art... and arrested him as a terrorist. This is his story, as he awaits trial.

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

jkownacki - wrote on 09/21/2007

Part documentary, part creative interpretation of the facts, Strange Culture does a compelling job of explaining the horrible circumstances of the case in question. Rational viewers are left wondering what case, if any, the government could possibly have against Kurtz -- much less one that would churn up thousands of tax dollars to prosecute -- all in the name of... terror? Fear? Or proof that governments and corporations are more concerned with bottom line profits and political facades than the freedom of their citizens?

As a documentary made before the trial even begins (if it ever DOES begin), the film also avoids the cliche of summing its point up in a neat moral package. Instead of being able to judge events in retrospect,. we're forced to evaluate them mid-action, and wonder …

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