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The Pain of Others2018

  • 3.4
THE PAIN OF OTHERS is a found footage documentary about Morgellons, a mysterious illness whose sufferers say they have parasites under the skin, long colored fibers emerging from lesions, and a host of other bizarre symptoms which could be borrowed from a horror film. Tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, say they have it. But the mainstream medical community says Morgellons is not a disease at all, but a delusion propagated and reinforced by social media. "It's all in your head," they say. Morgellons sufferers don't understand what is happening to them; but whatever it is, it is very real. THE PAIN OF OTHERS is composed entirely of videos shared by a small group of "Morgies" who have turned to YouTube to prove they're not crazy. These women document what's going on with their bodies. They share their terror, anger and confusion. They discover community and a sort of healing in one another – even as their questionable beliefs are reinforced in a frightening echo chamber of misinformation and quack cures. Unsettling, funny and intimate, THE PAIN OF OTHERS is both a body-horror documentary and a radical act of empathy.

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Captivating and filled with the sorrowful horror of modern alienation. A simple-seeming film that will stick with you as you try to figure out how to respond. Each of these women is a Bartleby of our moment. You may try to dismiss them, but you won't forget them.

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Captivating and filled with the sorrowful horror of modern alienation. A simple-seeming film that will stick with you as you try to figure out how to respond. Each of these women is a Bartleby of our moment. You may try to dismiss them, but you won't forget them.

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I appreciate the filmmaker's attempt to expose deep-state crimes, as these victims of covert technologies are really just that, but this film could have been directed in a manner that is much more interesting, compelling, and aesthetically dynamic. It informs but doesn't convince or entertain. Blacklisted Hollywood Actor and "Targeted-Individual" Stephen Shellen has just released an AMAZING indi film of autobiographical-fiction titled "The Spark" on the similar deep-state crimes of the organized-stalking "targeted-individuals" that exploded all over the U.S. and world after 9/11 that is a MUST SEE 21st century film... Check out the trailer and showcase article on the Medium blog: https://medium.com/@thomas.mcfarlan/the-spark-art-film-debuts-online-stephen-shellens-tour-de-force-on-post-9-11-surveillance-4a13709ae11d