Enemies of the State

Enemies of the State ★★★★½

TIFF 2020 Film#2

Reason for Pick - interesting subject.

You can’t say too much about Enemies of the State, as it’s best if you’re blind going into the journey that documentarian Sonia Kennebeck leads you on.

It is both unlike most modern documentaries and what documentaries should strive to be. Kennebeck constantly challenges you to come up with your own opinions, rather than spoon-feed you hers, something so common in what is passed for documentaries today.

Are parts conspiracy theory worthy? It’s hard to tell, especially seeing what’s at stake. Even when compelling evidence is presented, you really have to think about if that evidence could have been manufactured, and how. This isn’t Q-Anon stuff here … it really comes down to the nature of reality and perception in the era of information overflow.

Not perfect … it’s non-linear structure sometimes leaves you confused as to where you are … but it’s the closest thing I’ve seen to a perfect documentary in years. Highly recommended.

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