Rat Film

Rat Film

“There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem.” Across walls, fences and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. Rat Film is a feature length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them—to explore the history of Baltimore. “Before the world became the world, it was an egg. Inside the egg was dark. The rat nibbled the egg and let the light in. And the world began.” That opening stanza in Theo Anthony’s remarkable non-fiction endeavor Rat Film sets the stage for a movie that brilliantly defies categorization. Anthony’s feature-length debut careens from scientific observation and historical overview to spiritual inquiry with a freewheeling approach that never ceases to surprise, even as it maintains a cogent thesis. Both a chronicle of the rat infestation plaguing the city of Baltimore and a broader assessment of the class problems plaguing its development, Rat Film manages to say something real and immediate in a fresh and inventive voice.”—Eric Kohn, IndieWire


Additional Information

U.S.A. 2016 – DCP – 82 Minutes

In English

Director, Writer: Theo Anthony

Producers: Sebastian Pardo, Riel Roch Decter

Print courtesy: The Cinema Guild