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  • Wed 21 Mar
  • 82 minutes
  • Director: Theo Anthony
  • usa (2016)


Drawing comparisons to Werner Herzog and Chris Marker, Theo Anthony’s first feature combines inventive observation and a Dan Deacon soundtrack to create a powerful historical overview of the severe inequality in Baltimore.

Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. Unpacking the city’s influences - urban, social, racial - RAT FILM uses the rat - as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them - to show cities’ methods for keeping their unwanted elements under control. “There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem”.

“Equal parts disturbing and humorous, informative and bizarre, Rat Film is a brilliantly imaginative and formally experimental essay on how Baltimore has dealt with its rat problem and manipulated its black population.” The New York Times

“Theo Anthony's first feature, which focuses on the history of the rat problem in Baltimore, is a unique blend of poetic intrigue and scholarly precision.” Indie Wire

Right Now Film Festival returns to independent cinemas across the UK between the 21st - 27th of March with a programme of six feature-length documentaries. From the beginning of vital movements such as Black Lives Matter to the future of welfare and the UK’s very own Brexit, our films explore the motives and truths behind global systems and address unjust balances of power. These are stories that may not be typically covered by mainstream cinema, brought to screens across the country in order to reach and challenge audiences.

Find out more at rightnowfilmfestival.org.