Point and Shoot
Country of Origin: USA 2013 83 mins.
Best Documentary Award Tribeca Film Festival
Released by KALEIDOSCOPE ENTERTAINMENT
'Point and Shoot' follows Matt VanDyke, a timid 26-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who left home in Baltimore in 2006 and set off on a self-described 'crash course in manhood.' He bought a motorcycle and a video camera and set out on a 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East where he struck up an unlikely friendship with a Libyan hippie, Nuri Funas. Whilst back in America in 2010, the Arab Spring reached Libya and he rejoined Nuri in the fight against Muammar Gaddafi. It's a tale told by a storyteller rather than a journalist and doesn't hit the depth and complexity of the conflicts. This is a comfortable middle class Baltimore kid who liked action films, video games and the taste of the Middle East that 'Lawrence of Arabia' offered who sees himself with a gun and a camera and filmed US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war in Libya until he was captured by Gaddafi forces and held in solitary confinement for six months, details of which are unforthcoming.