Every once in a while, something weird comes along (weird in a good way), that really makes me sit up and take notice. "Marwencol" is one of those things. It's the name given to a WWII Belgian village inhabited by Barbie dolls and G.I. Joes, the brain-child of one Mark Hogencamp, who suffered brain damage from the severe beating he got in a bar fight back in the year 2000. He couldn't afford ongoing care or therapy, so he decided to find his own way through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by creating this village.
It all seems very intriguing, yet somehow disturbing. It's odd to see someone's psyche so raw and exposed. The images draw me in, making me feel almost voyeuristic, despite having been invited to watch through the photographs he took of his various vignettes. It undoubtedly provided an opportunity for him to look at his life from another perspective. Quite literally.
Marwencol | Documentary about Mark Hogancamp | Independent Lens | PBS
Hey, it's his village, his dolls, and his therapy.