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Title:   Daniel's World
Director:   Veronika Liskova
Year:   2014
Genre:   Documentary
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   10.01.15

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Date Viewed Venue Note
10.01.15Alamo South LamarThis Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2015
Day 8 (final day) started with this documentary about a pedophile trying to deal with his sexual identity and find acceptance in the world. The doc is very sympathetic and tries pretty hard to portray him as a victim of his own brain... which is fine.

Honestly, I'm pretty sympathetic toward pedos. If the internet has taught me anything, it's that there are people turned on by everything out there. We very often have little to no control over what turns us on, you just hope that whatever floats your boat is legal and consensual. For those that aren't that lucky, they are in for a pretty tough life.

Now, that's separate from abusers and rapists. A line at the end of the doc proclaims that something like 80 or 90 percent of child abuse is perpetrated by people who do not fit the medical diagnosis of pedophile. This film's whole deal is that Daniel loves this boy so he'd never do anything to hurt him, including indulging in his own fantasies. That makes a certain level of sense, right? I mean when a guy hangs out with a woman he likes, she shouldn't be afraid that he's going to rape him at a moment's notice, right?

Yet there's still that shock value when you see his wall of photos of little boys. And the pornography involved is a whole other can of worms that the film doesn't touch on at all. So I don't know.. the doc itself is just ok... nothing spectacular. But the subject matter is interesting along the same lines as Doglegs and Little Kingdom and other Fantastic Fest docs.

Brian Kelley intro'd the screening and said we should talk about it afterward. I guess he meant that we should talk amongst ourselves afterward because the film ended and most of the theater just sat there waiting in the dark. I got up and left and heard more than one person ask "Aren't we going to talk about it!?" It's the last day, people. Talk in the lobby.
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