At first glance, Matthew VanDyke—a shy Baltimore native with a sheltered upbringing and a tormenting OCD diagnosis—is the last person you’d imagine on the front lines of the 2011 Libyan revolution. But after finishing grad school and escaping the U.S. for "a crash course in manhood," a winding path leads him just there. Motorcycling across North Africa and the Middle East and spending time as an embedded journalist in Iraq, Matthew lands in Libya, forming an unexpected kinship with a group of young men who transform his life. Matthew joins his friends in the rebel army against Gaddafi, taking up arms (and a camera). Along the way, he is captured and held in solitary confinement for six terrifying months. Academy Award®–nominated director Marshall Curry brilliantly captures Matthew's remarkable story.
Marshall Curry got his start directing, shooting, and editing with the highly-acclaimed Street Fight (2005), which was nominated for an Emmy and an Academy Award. His next film, Racing Dreams (2009), won numerous awards, including Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival. Curry’s third documentary, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, won the Sundance Film Festival award for Best Documentary Editing and was nominated for an Academy Award. Curry was Executive Producer of Mistaken for Strangers, which was the opening night film at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013.
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