MUGSHOT

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(Den­nis Mohr, Canada). 52 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNN Although it’s il­le­gal to publish the photographs of crim­i­nals taken as they’re ar­rested in Canada, it’s a lu­cra­tive in­dus­try in the U. S., where web­sites cash in on the mis­ery of the ac­cused.

Di­rec­tor Den­nis Mohr goes through the his­tory of the mug shot and ex­plains its ap­peal – peo­ple, in­clud­ing celebri­ties, at their most vul­ner­a­ble – but he fails to make a con­vinc­ing ar­gu­ment for its artis­tic value.

The most com­pelling in­ter­views are with ex- cons who want the right to for­get their past but are forced to live on in in­famy via their mug shots. SGC Apr 28, 7 pm, Is­abel Bader The­atre; Apr 29, 4 pm, Is­abel Bader The­atre; May 3, 1 pm, Sco­tia­bank The­atre 3.

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