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Movie Review: Catfish March 7, 2011

Posted by shwaldman in Society, Technology.
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Netflix Synopsis: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman document the strange series of events that unfolds when a gifted 8-year-old artist named Abby contacts Nev, a 24-year-old photographer (and Schulman’s brother), through Facebook. After Abby sends Nev a remarkable painting based on one of his photos, Nev begins corresponding with her family — including her seductive 19-year-old sister. Realizing that something’s not quite right, Nev sets out to uncover the truth.

I like watching documentaries. They often tell a viewpoint of the filmmaker about real world events. They feel like you are a part of history. This movie/documentary was very different. This was one of the most compelling documentaries I have ever watched. It felt like a window into peoples lives that you only hear about second hand. The story could have been made into a wide-release full length feature film. But it would have lost its human touch.

These amateur filmmakers have produced a rich, moving story about what happens on Facebook and other social media sites. It is hard to believe, but witnessing it before your eyes is touching and has to be watched to understand. “The Social Network” was released about the same time as this movie and I think it got over shadowed and overlooked. If you are interested in what happens on Facebook, you should definitely check this one out!

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