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Documentary Review | The Arbor

In 1990, talented playwright Andrea Dunbar died suddenly at age 29. Dunbar was famous for her play The Arbor, which was written before she turned 18. This documentary describes her distressing upbringing in the slums, and how her tragic death affected her three children. Andrea’s story leads to a path of self-discovery for her children, who have also grown up like their mother.

The Arbor (PN 1995.96 .B55 A73 2011) offered insightful perspectives that I had never before considered. It felt even more real with the actors replicating scenes and lip-syncing to the interviews. It was like watching the story in a play format, making the film more true to it’s intended audience. This documentary has very strong language at parts, but otherwise I would recommend it to anyone.

Written by: Michelle Greenwood

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