Masters of Dox

Rats

Morgan Spurlock

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Screening time  
02.03. / Thursday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 1  
"Rats" plunges deep below the urban surface to explore the life of these notorious rodents, focusing primarily on the epidemics in global metropolises.

Are there more rats in New York City than people? Ed Sheehan, a 40-year veteran of the pest-control game, speculates that this may well be the case — and this is only one of many grisly possibilities that Rats considers. While exterminators work to trap the wily creatures in the urban jungle, scientists study rats' bodies for the parasites that live within them, trying to discover the pathogens that the rodents may be carrying in places like post-Katrina New Orleans. From this chilly, clinical environment we then travel to the gory rat-hunting grounds of the idyllic Berkshire countryside — where rat control has inadvertently become a sport, thanks to a natural enemy of rats who happens to be man's best friend — and on to Cambodia, where a rat catcher balances cages holding hundreds of little squealers on his motorcycle and sells them to a Vietnamese buyer who takes them across the border to meet a curious fate.

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Morgan Spurlock

Morgan Spurlock is a New York-based Oscar-nominated director, writer, and producer. Born in 1970, he graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in film in 1993. His first feature film Super Size Me (2004) won numerous awards and was nominated for Oscar. His credits include at ZagrebDox screened films Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008), The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011), Mansome (2012) and the FX series 30 Days (2005). He has directed and produced multiple film and television projects.

Rats

USA
2016, 88'

Directed by:
Morgan Spurlock

Screenplay by:
Jeremy Chilnick, Morgan Spurlock

Cinematography:
Luca Del Puppo

Music:
Pierre Takal

Producers:
Jeremy Chilnick, Morgan Spurlock, Dan Braun, Josh Braun, David Koh, Stanley Buchthal

Produced by:
Dakota Group, Discovery Channel

Festivals & Awards:

Toronto International Film Festival 2016; Critics' Choice Documentary Awards 2016