OSCAR SHORTS FILM REVIEW – Stranger at the Gate: A deeply soul-searching film that is excellent viewing and humbling to the extreme

The documentary short is a complete surprise and refreshingly so in how it begins out, how the story is narrated and how it ends. My naivety and pre-judging got one over on me and the age-old saying ‘Never judge a book by its cover,’ most definitely, is one hundred percent correct.

Documentaries by their very nature look at real events to provide a factual report on a particular subject; having seen so many the empathy over a period changes to apathy, this is not a reflection of the person/s, rather it is a by-product of that genre of film making and the confetti frequency at which they are shown. However, in the many, along comes one that is different, the topic is age old but the actual making, and production produces a film that is on another level.

The topic is age old but the actual making, and production produces a film that is on another level.

Stranger At The Gate, is a blast of clarity and humanity in the face of so much fear-mongering. Joshua Seftel who also produced the film has made this documentary into an epic; the narration leads the viewer like an Agatha Christie novel with the jigsaw falling into place towards the latter part of the documentary.

Stranger At The Gate, is a blast of clarity and humanity in the face of so much fear-mongering.

Excellent viewing and humbling to the extreme.

A review by Sonia Mccloud

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