Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008) – Encore Review 2

“I didn’t want to stop making this movie.” – Kurt Kuenne

Number of Times Seen – 3 (11 Oct 2015, 11 Jan 2016 and 24 Jul 2017)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about a filmmaker making a testament of his best friends life following his murder.

My Take on it –My good friends Chet and Rodney of Down the Hall Podcast accepted my recommendation of this film for their podcast and deemed it worthy of reviewing because it fits in with their podcast goals!

Tnx Guys, I really appreciate it!

Their review inspired me to rewatch this film once again and I was again moved by the way that the story is told here.

Of the thousands of films that I’ve seen in my life, I can’t recall another film that was so personal to the filmmaker as this film was.

The best part about this movie is the way that we can see how it evolves right in front of our eyes because the original purpose of making the film keeps changing as the story progresses in real time for the filmmaker Kurt Kuenne.

It’s amazing to see such a film that was made with so much love for the subject matter and has such grand goals of being a testament to a lost life but also features a social message ingrained in it in order to try and change the way that the judicial system works.

Kuenne does an amazing job of drawing us in quite quickly and not letting us go because he keeps this film so gripping and shocking to the very end.

We get such a clear picture of who Andrew Bagby was that by the end we all feel a kinship towards him and wish that we had actually known him in person.

This is a must see film for fans of Documentaries and IMHO is among the list of the best films ever made because it easily makes us feel a part of the story as it all unfolds.

This film will make you shed tears of despair and of hope and the combination of both makes this such an amazing experience to encounter and absorb.

It may be hard for Kuenne to ever top this one, but he can sure try because with skills like this, I hope we see much more of his work whether through documentaries or feature films.

Really can’t wait to see this again!

Bottom Line – Such an amazing film because the story evolves and is constantly reinvented as things move along. One of the most personal films ever made and it’s easy to see how much love was put into making sure this gets made and that it does all it can to make changes in the judicial system to try and stop further tragedies from occurring.  Kuenne’s ability to draw us in and keep a hold of us works so well because the story itself is so gripping and shocking to watch because of the blatant failures in the system to led to things getting out of control.  Having never had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Bagby in person doesn’t matter because this film gives us the opportunity to experience his life  in such a way that we almost feel as if we know him after spending just 90 minutes learning about his life and tragic circumstances.  The original goals of this film may have evolved along the way, but it is such a great documentary because like a camera lens, it refocuses and gains new purpose as it moves along. By far, the best documentary I’ve ever seen and is among the best movies ever made. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  I wish that I had never had the opportunity to make this film. I wish that my friend Dr. Andrew Bagby was alive and well and that I was blissfully ignorant of the lessons I’ve learned along this journey. Alas, this is not the case. When bad things happen, good people have to take what they’ve learned and make the world a better place, and that is precisely what I hope this film will do – make the world a better place. (From

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)


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