Wow, that is fricking amazing.
Have you seen MARWENCOL? it's a documentary about a man with a brain injury building Salem in miniature.
Where did I get Salem from? Scratch that..how could I forget this..Mybe he's from Salem?
On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was attacked outside a bar in Kingston, New York, by five men who beat him literally to death. Revived by paramedics, Mark had suffered brain damage from a traumatic brain injury and physical injuries so severe even his own mother didn’t recognize him. After nine days in a coma and 40 days in the hospital, Mark was discharged with little memory of his previous life. When he awoke, his memory was gone. He had to re-learn how to walk, talk and even eat. Unable to afford private therapy, Mark decided to create his own. In his backyard, he built Marwencol, a 1/6th scale World War II-era town that he populated with dolls representing his friends, family, and even his attackers. He used the small dolls and props to redevelop his hand-eye coordination, while he dealt with the psychological trauma from his attack through the town’s many battles and dramas.
Mark started documenting his miniature dramas with his camera. Through Mark’s lens, these were no longer dolls — they were living, breathing characters in an epic WWII story full of violence, jealousy, longing, and revenge.
When Mark’s stunningly realistic photos are discovered and published in an art magazine, his homemade therapy suddenly becomes “art,” forcing Mark to make a choice between the safety of his fictional town and the real world he’s avoided since his attack.
MARWENCOL is a documentary about Mark’s story, and what happens when the art world discovers his unique form of art therapy.
Thanks for b.a