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|09.26.15||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2015|
Day 3. This is a doc about a Japanese event where disabled people get to box or fight in a ring. Like most Fantastic Fest docs, this was really interesting and strives contextualize what could be seen at a glance as exploitation. It's a little reminiscent of last year's Little Kingdom but there's no hint of coercion or exploitation in what Doglegs seems to be about. While it looks shocking at first - an enabled person beating up on a disabled person - you quickly learn that the "bad" guys really care for the people that they're fighting and use the event as a way to empower the disabled guys and make them feel equal rather than coddled and pitied.
The scariest guy I thought was the depressed guy. Everyone else that the film follows has some sort of physical condition but this one guy is pretty severely depressed and a hoarder. The film doesn't go too far with specific medical details but he seemed to have self-inflicted scars as well. I really felt for that guy.
A pretty huge turn in the film for me was when I realized that the announcer, who's been responsible for some of the most un-PC humor in the film, is actually the main enabled guy's wife. So it was really his wife calling him the Hitler of the disabled who will take all disabled people to gas chambers. That's some unconventional love right there.
This was really solid.