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TIFF 2020: “Enemies of the State”


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Nowadays, it is so difficult to differentiate the truth from lies. False allegations and conspiracy theories are easily being spread to be sold as the truths. But the only person who knows what is the truth and what is not is the one who becomes a ‘target’ of it. I was not sure what to expect from “Enemies of the States” because I am the wrong person to expect impartiality from when it comes to selling out information that concerns the national security of any country. Indeed, each country does something illegal to justify their future actions.

But do we have to betray it just because we do not agree with them? It’s a question you will keep asking yourself as you watch this documentary because it’s best to avoid brainwashing its audience. It offers two sides of the story for you to judge. And that is something what you won’t see in many documentaries. As it unveils the story of Matt DeHart, an Anonymous user from the Dark Web and someone who potentially had information that could harm the United States, was accused of child pornography. That same data was extracted from his hard drive and he seeks refuge in Canada but later on gets arrested by the FBI. His parents give an in-depth interview of what could have happened when, in the meantime, the lawyer or the investigator gives a whole different account of events that will be equally important for the audience.

From director Sonia Kennebeck, “Enemies of the State” is the most impartial and brilliantly shot documentary that targets an audience that can have different opinions. It does not force nor hides any information from us. It opens the positive and negative side of the Matt DeHart case, as it should be in any documentary of its kind. From start to end, you will have to follow your own gut and trust what you see. But do not rush jumping into conclusion because the story you will hear is bigger than you and me, which we don’t really know about except the person who is the subject of this documentary and never appears before Sonia Kennebeck’s camera to tell his own version of events.

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