Hammerman Ikon

Hammerman Ikon Film Guide

Capturing the Friedmans
Director: Andrew Jarecki

A mesmerising documentary (comprised of numerous intrusive home video recordings and contemporary interviews) about a seemingly normal and happy Long Island family that completely fell apart. Amidst the child abuse hysteria in the 1980s the father and his youngest son were accused of raping numerous neighbourhood boys. The witness testimonies were contradictory and even absurd, but the father admitted to abusing children in the past. By the end of this deeply sad and unsettling film the absolute truth is still unclear.