Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Wolfpack

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Wolfpack

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The Wolfpack

Directed by Crystal Moselle (Kotva Films, 2015)

After watching Star Wars as kids, no wrapping paper roll in my house was safe; my brothers and I stole them for light saber battles. The Wolfpack opens with a similar scene of kids recreating movies, but only slowly does this documentary reveal the strange necessity of their movie play.

The six Angulo brothers live with their parents and younger sister in a Lower Manhattan apartment where their controlling father, Oscar, keeps the family locked away. The children go outside only a few times a year. Slivers of the world come to them via the thousands of movies Oscar brings home, which the children study meticulously. Reenacting movies, they go well beyond cardboard light sabers, building elaborate Batman suits from yoga mats and cereal boxes.

The Dark Knight inspires 15-year-old Mukunda to go against his father's orders and venture outside by himself for the first time in January 2010. …

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