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Ever since he was in a car accident, American cartoonist John Callahan is in a wheelchair semi-paralysed. De Vries films him when he is drawing, clasping a pen between his hands, when he wheelchairs across town and when he talks about his life and work. Callahan's politically incorrect humour is controversial. We see some examples, like the drawing of Martin Luther King as a boy, standing beside his stained bed saying to his mother: 'I had a dream.' The voice-over quotes from angry letters. According to his chief editor, Callahan has 'the soul of a poet and the intellect of an assassin'. Callahan trivialises his paralysis, but not Bush's politics. Whoever gets used to those 'really lacks all feeling'. His relationship with women is tough, but on the street he successfully asks young women to pose for him naked. Robin Williams tells about the film about Callahan he wanted to make. Callahan's talent extends to being a singer-songwriter. He sings and proudly plays the recording of Tom Waits singing one of his songs into the answering machine.


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Production company
Selfmade Films
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Title: Raak me waar ik voelen kan
Year: 2007
Duration : 53 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2007

Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Korte Documentaire (2007)
Simone de Vries

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