Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008): United States – directed by Kurt Kuenne
Not rated by the MPAA – contains strong language, incredibly difficult subject matter
There are few movies as emotionally devastating as Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father. The fact that it is a documentary makes the story even sadder, and the possibility for hope more bittersweet. To make the film even more challenging, the director is so close to the subject matter that it becomes almost impossible to separate the craft from the story. Perhaps this is for the better.
Director Kurt Kuenne was best friends with Andrew Bagby growing up. They played together, and Andrew always starred in Kurt’s home movies. Andrew went to medical school, made more friends, influenced more people’s lives. The film starts as a letter, as the title states, to Andrew’s son Zachary. But Zachary doesn’t come into the film until about halfway through. The less a viewer knows about this film, the better. It is most certainly worth watching.