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Off the Rails (Open Caption Screening)

Adam Irving / USA / 2016 / 89 mins / English / Documentary

“Adam Irving’s first film is an assured and thoughtful debut.”
NEW YORK TIMES

Winner of DOC NYC’s Metropolis Award, Off the Rails follows Darius McCollum, who has spent over half his adult life in prison for impersonating Metro Transit Authority staff and stealing trains. McCollum, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, has a consuming obsession for mass transit and yet is provided with no treatment for his condition. This inevitably causes him to reoffend, unable to break out of a cycle of incarceration and recidivism. Through a rich tapestry of family interviews set to an excellent score, Off the Rails illustrates the travesty of a wasted, intelligent life needlessly imprisoned and the US Criminal Justice System’s failure to accommodate those that suffer from clinical mental conditions.

This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Melbourne

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Metropolis Award, DOC NYC 2016

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