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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Behind the Curve - Documentary Review


The Documentary: Behind the Curve

The Director: Daniel J. Clark

The Story: A documentary about people who think the Earth is flat. Yes, really.


The Review:
The fascinating thing about this documentary is the realization that there are thousands of people around the world who believe in the flat earth theory and that group is growing all the time. For anyone who is unfamiliar with this movement, the idea seems ridiculous because it goes against everything we have ever known or learned about the planet we live on. Mark Sargent, widely considered to be the founding father of the "flat earth army", is the primary focus of the story and we see how his idea grows to a theory and is eventually expanded upon exponentially as more and more people jump on board.

While it might be easy to poke fun at these people and laugh at how absurd the idea is, the film makers actually do a great job of exploring the psychology of what sends people down such an unconventional path. The unending desire to pull truth out of an empty space is quite honestly a bit disturbing because you can see the web of hysteria and conspiracy that inevitably takes over what was once an honest search for answers.

My favorite thing about this film is how the film makers put a lot of effort into creating a fair and honest representation of how serious the flat earthers are but we also get several nods and winks that clearly show how absurd and wrong the whole thing might be.


Behind the Curve was featured as a special presentation during the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival.







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