Dear Zachary

Dear Zachary

A Letter to A Son About His Father

DVD - 2008
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Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne begins making a film for Zachary, son of his oldest friend who was murdered by Zachary's mother. The film's focus shifts to Zachary's grandparents as they fight to win custody of Zachary from the woman who took their son's life.
Publisher: [United States] : Oscilloscope Pictures, c2008
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.152 Dear
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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nat_cyr0
Jul 17, 2017

This film touched at my heart strings and brought tears to my eyes, a wonderful tribute to an amazing man who lost his life due to violence, and to the son he never met. I have great admiration for Kathy and David who have had to deal with the loss of their only son and grandson. It angers me that Shirley Turner was able to get bail and get access to her son, while accused of murder. This film will make you cry, laugh and think almost at the same time.

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BridgettM
Oct 26, 2016

Dear Zachary is a great and heartbreaking film. I recommend it for all adults who like documentaries and especially for those with an interest in true crime documentaries such as Making a Murderer and The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

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BeccaG98
Sep 05, 2016

One of THE best documentaries ever. Riveting story, interesting storytelling approach, emotional rollercoaster, politically motivating.

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LittleNoName
Aug 06, 2016

Wow. At first I thought I might give up on this one but am so, so happy I stuck with it. Kathy & David are truly amazing despite being victimized over & over. I know our justice system is old but this story truly shines the light on the urgency & need for radical changes.
Definately, highly recommend....watch at least 30minutes &, if by then, you aren't into it turn it off.

SFPL_LisaF Aug 01, 2015

Absolutely devastating story. Seriously it will rip your heart out.

FollowTheBlind Jul 20, 2015

I almost turned it off ten minutes in because I had no idea who Andrew Bagby was and I thought in order to make the documentary really resonate I would have to know him. I stuck with it though, and am so glad I did. The story is so compelling, and his parents are such great people; the events that unfold are completely heartbreaking. Know that if you choose to watch this film, you will probably find tears running down your face before you even realise you're sobbing.

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Quetzlzacatenango
Dec 25, 2014

Not a particularly well filmed documentary but the story is so compelling and carries so much weight it must be heard. Truly emotional.

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Nursebob
Dec 17, 2014

In the Fall of 2005, 32-year old Dr. Andrew Bagby was found murdered in a Pennsylvania state park. The prime suspect Dr. Shirley Turner, his estranged girlfriend, promptly fled to Canada. While his parents fought for her extradition back to the USA Turner stunned everyone by claiming she was pregnant with Andrew's child...a boy she named Zachary. In this amazing documentary, Andrew's childhood friend Kurt Kuenne prepares a time capsule of sorts for Zachary so the child will know something of his father when he grows up. Following Andrew's grimly determined parents as they fight for custody of their only grandson, Kuenne casts a disparaging eye on Canada's pathetically outdated judicial system as it forces the grieving couple to jump through endless hoops. But he saves the final insult for last. The film's frantic editing style, composed of jump cuts and overlapping dialogue, is problematic at first but once the story really starts you will be glued to your seats.

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Janice21383
Oct 14, 2014

A love letter to an adored son and his family and friends, and a shocking documentary about the inadequacies of the legal and social welfare systems. The film is framed as the story of a father as told to his son. As a mere audience member, though, I would have liked more information, especially about Shirley Turner. The sound track is mostly banal, and sometimes tasteless elevator music. However, the emphasis of the film stays on some remarkable people, rather than a sordid crime, as it should. NOTE: no, I do not know what the deal is with the Wes Anderson-like cover art. The art on the DVD is even more doubtful, featuring as it does a baby crawling over a chalk outline of a body.

tealee123 Sep 07, 2013

I think this is an excellent documentary film. It is not for the faint of heart, however. The subject matter is disturbing but its presentation is excellent, which makes this a powerful and emotionally devastating piece of work. It is not a feel-good movie, but it is thought-provoking and worth the 90 or so minutes it takes to watch.

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