Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father 2008

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

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Dear Zachary is a both a touching tribute to a fallen friend and a heart-wrenching account of justice gone astray, skillfully put to film with no emotion spared.

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In 2001, 28-year-old Dr. Andrew Bagby is found dead in a park in Pennsylvania. He had been shot by his ex-girlfriend, who then fled to Canada, where she was able to walk free on bail, pregnant with Andrew's child. Andrew's enraged parents campaign to gain custody of the child and convict their son's killer. Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne pairs this story with home movies and interviews with those who knew Andrew, hoping to give his best friend's son an opportunity to discover who his dad was.

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Critic Reviews for Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

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  • Sep 11, 2018
    As a love letter to a friend, father, son and victim of someone's psychopathy and lunacy (as well as a testimony to the resilience of two incredibly stoic grandparents amid a horrible tragedy), this is a beautiful, touching and absolutely devastating documentary like few others.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2014
    This is a story about how low humanity can go. The case portrayed is monstrous and the way the Canadian justice handled it is baffling. Still, as a documentary, Dear Zachary is as over the top as it can get, boarding on tabloid sensationalism to cause a strong impact. That fast editing is annoying, though I get it's use to get you through the roller coaster of emotions the director was put through but it was unnecessary. The story itself is gruesome enough. An actual longer running time could've helped this immensely, since there was more to Shirley Turner than we got. All in all a good testimony with the wrong approach.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2014
    This documentary broke my heart into a million pieces. Such a touching tribute to a beautiful man and son who tragically lost their lives to such a horrendous woman.
    Beth M Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2014
    After watching this heart-wrenching documentary, I lost faith in the judicial system, child protective services, law enforcement and humanity in general. This documentary tears at you, and sends you down a dark and twisted rabbit hole. I felt saddened, angry, disgusted and just appalled at how the whole case turned out, and the extreme sadness that the actions of one person can do to a family. I hope that everyone can take something out of this movie.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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