Finding Kraftland

By Sheyla Mohlo

Most directors and FindingKraftland.jpgwriters claim inspiration from numerous sources such as true stories, fabulous books and other life experiences; however, some directors and writers like Richard Kraft began his inspiration from a Disneyland promotional video. In his autobiographical documentary, Finding Kraftland Richard Kraft introduces us to his highly adventurous life with his son. Through his home décor, which serves as a shrine to pop culture, Disneyland and American consumer culture, Kraft recreates his childhood and experiments with a highly addictive obsession as a collector of pop culture kitsch.

His whole film begins with the tragic loss of his brother, and later his parents, and his quest to get closer to his son he felt he barely knew. Then, on a trip to Disneyland with his son, his journey begins. Although he also gets involved with charity work in Cambodia to counteract his consumer obsession, he also finds a non-conventional way to get closer with his son through many trips around the world riding as many as 425 roller coasters all the while traveling to foreign places.

Going as far as tracking down the voice on the promotional video for Disneyland, Kraft uses the girl as the narrator in his film to give his life a full authentic parallel to Disneyland’s extravagant appeal. This self titled autobiographical home documentary shows us the meaning of family and the relationship which emerges between father and son after being faced with a tragedy.

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January 27 - 2:30 p.m. - The Metro Theatre January 29 - 12:30 p.m. - Victoria Hall

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