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Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Moving documentary brings hate-crime victim to life.

Movie NR 2015 89 minutes
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Prepare to have your heart broken by this incredibly moving documentary, which adds texture to the Matt Shepard we've come to know from the headlines. With every minute, Shepard's many layers fall away like a proverbial onion, and our eyes can't help but well up with emotion. Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine is a deft movie, sensitive to its participants -- Shepard's parents speak candidly of their sorrow -- and anchored by the devotion of his friends (one of whom narrates the documentary). In every scene, we feel their deep sense of loss. But there's inspiration here, too: Shepard's parents are a testament to the power of love, inspiring viewers to access their own generosity and humanity.

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