The Imposter (2012)

How does a foreign man suddenly end up a U.S. citizen, welcomed into the family of a long- missing child? While it’s impossible to fully understand the grief of those keeping vigil by the window, waiting for a phone call that may never come, it is curious that every expert agrees there are many loose ends. Is it merely that hindsight is 20/20 (as the old saying goes) or is there a more sinister explanation? Though the testimony of an identity thief certainly isn’t everything, it seems to corroborate the suspicion of at least one specialist…

Masterfully crafted, the details of this publicly documented incident are recounted chronologically by a rotation of several family members, some government employees, a smattering of friends/ neighbors and one relentless private investigator. During the lengthier portions of each person’s story, voiceover serves as narration for actors’ portrayals of the events being described. By the end of the film you have about as much information as everyone involved to decide for yourself what you think happened.

Brother’s Keeper (1992)

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.”  –Aldous Huxley

Tension escalates in this disquieting documentary following the death of the oldest of four elderly brothers. Neighbors from the rural town, who’ve known “the boys” since they were born in the house in which they still live, insist it was an accident, more than likely natural causes. The media refuses to believe a sinister motive wasn’t a contributing factor.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel, your brother?” He said, “I don’t know; am I my brother’s keeper?” –Genesis 4:9