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Film Review: The Antidote


The Antidote’s vision of ordinary people helping out their fellow humans in sometimes predictable, sometimes surprising ways isn’t all that remarkable. What’s remarkable is the fact that a film like this was needed at all.”

The Antidote Directed by Kahane Cooperman, John Hoffman CINETIC/BRAND NEW STORY The subtitle of The Antidote is “Stories of Kindness, Decency and the Power of Community in America,” which sounds somewhat vague. The filmmakers claim that it was made “in response to the times we are living in,” which also makes the film sound like it will be topical. The truth is that the documentary is an intriguing patchwork of mostly unconnected stories, each of which might make an interesting short film. If there is a theme that runs through all of the stories, it is that of their subjects’ humanity, though they don’t necessarily present a cohesive portrait of America today. In truth, the film doesn’t offer much about “the times we are living in,” perhaps because it’s trying to steer clear of politics. Still, it all begs the question: What is this so-called “antidote” for? Nevertheless, it can be heartwarming to see these stories, which range from an African-American community organizer starting up community bike shops with the kids in his neighborhood, to a refugee resettlement organization in Ancho …

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