November 30, 2007
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Jessica Yu
MPAA Rating: R (for language and some violent images)
Screenwriter: Jessica Yu
Official website: Protagonistthemovie.com
Academy Award Winning director Jessica Yu ("In the Realms of the Unreal") returns with one of the boldest documentaries of the year. "Protagonist" weaves together the stories of 4 men: A German terrorist, a bank robber, a gay evangelist and a martial arts student. At first glance the characters appear disconnected. But as their stories unfold in riveting detail, one starts to see the parallels between the uncommon, common experience of these four men. To illustrate the timelessness of her subjects' dilemmas, Yu uses puppets and the work of Greek dramatist Euripides. Whether famous, infamous, or simply anonymous, each lives out the eternal drama of how we control--or don't control--our own destinies.