Hot Docs 2015: Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi
What happens when one family’s desperate search for a missing brother and son collides with a national tragedy? Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi, a new doc from filmmaker Neal Broffman, finds a troubling answer to the question to our brave new age where the mass media views the truth as plastic and social media is redefining the nature of community.
A few weeks before the Boston Marathon bombing, Brown University student Sunil Tripathi, in the throes of a serious depression, walked out of his Providence, Rhode Island apartment and vanished. His family launched a dedicated search for him, working the power of social media and mainstream media to build an impassioned community around the search. Things go sour however when social media users link Tripathi’s name to a grainy surveillance photo of “Suspect #2” and the mainstream media blindly follow the story.
Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi is a devastating watch in so many ways. While the point that the mass media is an insatiable 24-hour beast that “reports” rumors and suppositions not really based in confirmed fact is not a new or surprising idea, director Broffman does an excellent job of tracing exactly how Tripathi’s name because spuriously linked to a horrible crime and it’s shocking. Your hands will hesitate before sending that next Tweet.
ROM Theatre Wed, Apr 29 7:00 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Thu, Apr 30 11:00 AM
Scotiabank Theatre 8 Sat, May 2 9:00 PM