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CATFISH

USA, 2010 (MIFF 2010, Documentaries)

Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

“Documenting in tantalizing detail the twist-filled true story of a young man fooled by Facebook.” - Variety

When New York photographer Nev Schulman receives a painting of one of his photos from eight-year-old Abby, his brother Ariel and filmmaking buddy Henry Joost see the child prodigy as a subject for a documentary. What starts out as an online friendship with a young fan becomes something more when Nev falls for the kid's 19-year-old sister, and finds out that Abby and her family may not be what they seem.

The very real dangers of social networking hit home hard in Catfish, a documentary skewed by the bizarre reality that unfolds before the filmmaker's lens. This race to discover the truth presents a timely warning about who and what to trust in the information age.

D Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman P Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman, Andrew Jarecki, Marc Smerling Dist Hopscotch TD HDCAM/2010

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