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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Movie Review: The Astonishing DEAR ZACHARY

Saturday is a typical Netflix movie day for us. Flipping through the movie categories in Netflix, we ended up in the documentary section and the next one on the list is Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father.

I thought it would be like the same boring documentary films that we've watched before, "Ok, then. That's next on the list. Let's just watch it."

The first part of the film showed a man crying and talking to a little boy about "Andrew", one of the main leads in the movie. I think it is rightful to say that Andrew is the center actor who never "actually and physically" played on the stage but the cameras and scripts revolve around his life, his family and his friends. Call it a short video biography of Dr. Andrew Bagby, intensed with the pitiful, tragic life of his innocent, one-year old son Zachary Turner. 

Kurt Kuehne, the director and writer of Dear Zachary shared with us the life of his childhood friend Andrew, before and after his mysterious death. The director's journey, by interviewing family and friends around the world who knew Andrew as the great man that he was, proved a remarkable effort. It showed the love and extraordinary patience of a true friend.

At first, Dear Zachary left me a thought-provoking anger and sadness as to why would somebody ever murder a good man out of love and even worst, kill her own baby in a very selfish manner. 

It caused me a big shock for a second, "What's happening in this world?!" That kind of feeling.

While watching the film, it made me cry as I have seen the exemplary love and heroic acts by Andrew's parents and their never ending chase. How they were left with no choice but to forcefully dance with the murderer of their only son and soon after, their grandson Zachary. 

Dear Zachary gave me a temporary period of comfort and hope that the child custody laws would give David and Kate Bagby the better chance to give Zachary a brighter future as grandparents, only to lose that opportunity because of this angel's untimely death in the hands of his own, psychopath mother.

Dear Zachary was a battle of love and hate, life and death, sin and forgiveness, parents and children, citizens and the law.

Not long before the end of the film after a seemingly perfect and beautiful transition, I realized the true heroes in the movie, other than Kuenne, were Andrew's parents Kate and David Bagby. I felt their sense of grief, strength and courage to fight for what was morally right and justify what was substantially deficient in the Canadian bail law.

Dear Zachary was released in 2008 but I definitely recommend it as a must watch for everyone. It is one of the most brilliant and touching documentary films that I have ever seen.

Wonder whether I was crying while writing this review? Yes, your guess is right.

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