We’ve all seen it, a family with children walking out of a theater, the children pretending to be their favorite character or quoting scenes they enjoyed. I fondly remember times as a child when my friends and I would re-enact Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Star Wars, it was a fun way to share your love of a movie with your friends or siblings. Now imagine that same situation except those movies are all you know about the outside world, imagine not seeing films in the theater but exclusively at home, in fact you don’t leave home much if ever, instead you and your siblings are raised in the confines of an apartment with a growing love for film because it’s all you have. With this relationship with film you begin to create your own props and special effects at home, you begin re-enacting the movies you like the most and making them your own. This might sound like some off kilter sequel to Be Kind Rewind except this isn’t a work of fiction, it is, in fact, the story of The Wolfpack, a documentary directed by Crystal Moselle that premiered in January of this year.
Following the 6 sons of the Angulo family, Bhagavan, Govinda, Jagadisa, Krsna, Mukunda, and Narayana, their interactions with their family, primarily their overbearing father, and their love of film. The Wolfpack has been praised by critics and viewers alike as a one of a king experience, something so unbelievable that it must be watched. Having not yet seen the film I can of course only discuss it’s accolades and my thoughts from watching the trailer. The trailer shows a family living in a small apartment in Manhattan, the children are home schooled and leave the house only in summer and at the most once or twice a year, including one year where they never left. It shows children growing up using film to introduce them to a world they rarely saw in real life with the exception of looking out of a window. In a way it reminded me more of a prison situation than a childhood at home. As for accolades there are plenty The Wolfpack has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, The San Francisco International Film Festival, The Seattle International Film Festival, and won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance, where it was stated “A subject matter this unusual may invite scrutiny yet the celebration of the power of imagination reflects the spirit of Sundance.”
I’m looking forward to truly seeing what The Wolfpack has in store for us when it is screen at The Alamo Drafthouse on Sunday, June 21st at 1pm for Film Club 3.0, perhaps ironically that it’s also Father’s Day. I hope I’ve peaked your interest and I’m sure there will be plenty of discussion following this one.
Pete is a stand up comedian and owner of The Popular Outcasts.com, LLC. When not telling jokes or writing/directing comedy sketches Pete loves a wide variety of films and television. Pete enjoys long walks on the beach and an evening debating with Andy why even blockbusters can be important to cinema.
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