Strange Culture (2007)

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A documentary in which actors interpret the legally touchy subject of artist Steve Kurtz, who is being held as a suspected terrorist because of his work.

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Credited cast:
Steve Kurtz
Josh Kornbluth ...
Steve Kurtz ...
Shoresh Alaudini ...
Cassie Powell ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
FBI Agent
Gregg Bordowitz ...
Himself - Artist / CAE Defense Fund
Larissa Clayton ...
Beatriz da Costa ...
Susan Leeson ...
Herself (as Dr. Susan Leeson)
Marcie Prohofsky ...
FBI Agent


The surreal nightmare of internationally-acclaimed artist and professor Steve Kurtz began when his wife, Hope, died in her sleep of heart failure. Medics arrived, became suspicious of Kurtz's art, and called the FBI. Within hours the artist was detained as a suspected "bioterrorist", as dozens of agents in Hazmat suits sifted through his work and impounded his computers, manuscripts, books, cat, and even his wife's body. Today Kurtz and his long-time collaborator Dr. Robert Ferrell, former Chair of the Genetics Department at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, await a trial date. Written by Anonymous

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5 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Niebezpieczna kultura  »

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Official Selection, Berlin International Film Festival, 2007 See more »


[first lines]
news caster: Like many an unfortunate drama, the story begins with a death. Steve Kurtz called 911 early on the morning of May 11th, after his wife suffered cardiac arrest and died in her sleep. When police arrived on the scene they saw not a 45-year old woman claimed well before her time, but rather petri dishes and sophisticated scientific equipment...
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A Film/Video That Address Two Vital Issues
7 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At long last. A short,but compelling documentary that blows the lid off of two issues that have been making news of one kind or another: genetically modified foods (or GMO's),and the shoddy treatment of creative artists, in the guise of Homeland Security's usual draconian tactics. One element concerns an artist that was getting an art piece ready for an exhibition, that brought to light the concern of GMO's in our food. The artists wife suffers a heart attack & dies. When the artist phones the police for assistance,they arrive,finding the materials for the exhibit,along with some Arabic writing, and assume that the artist is some kind of a bio terrorist,and promptly arrests him. What follows is will break your heart & anger you. The screening I attended had a member of the ACLU present to answer questions that related to the incident (the court case is still pending).

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