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The Informant: An ‘unsettling’ portrait of Brandon Darby

3 out of 4 stars

The Informant
Directed by
Jamie Meltzer

This compelling documentary follows the story of Brandon Darby, a thirty-something Texas-based radical activist and post-Katrina New Orleans community organizer who became an FBI supporter and Tea Party darling.

Already the subject of a PBS documentary (Better This Life) and a This American Life episode on National Public Radio, Darby's story gets a fresh treatment by letting him tell it himself, along with often contrary evidence from former colleagues, including key Occupy Wall Street organizer, Lisa Fithian and Austin community activist, Scott Crow and David McKay, one of the young political activists Darby helped put in jail.

As well as an examination of the paranoia-filled American political divide, the film is an unsettling portrait of a charismatic true believer, whose most consistent belief is that he's the hero of a grand narrative.

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Liam Lacey is a film critic for The Globe and Mail. More


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