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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Directed by Kurt Kuenne • 2008 • United States
This gut-wrenching documentary tells the story of a devastating family tragedy in the form of a heartfelt home movie. On November 5, 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby was murdered in a parking lot in western Pennsylvania; the prime suspect, his ex-girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner, promptly fled the United States for Canada, where she announced that she was pregnant with Andrew’s child. She named the little boy Zachary. When filmmaker Kurt Kuenne, Andrew’s oldest friend, begins making a film for little Zachary as a way for him to get to know the father he’d never meet, it’s the beginning of a wrenching, endlessly twisting odyssey that leads where no one could have foreseen.