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If resilience had a name...it would be Bob Crawford.
If resilience had a name...it would be Bob Crawford. In this facinating documentary His Name Is Bob, we meet a man who has overcome what would crush most anyone else. There was a time not too long ago that people who were characterized and classified as "feeble minded" and a risk to society were relegated to living lives in total segregation and isolation. Adults and children were institutionalized in state funded institutions throughout the country. Laconia State School in New Hampshire was one of them. And it's Bob's story.
The tale is a trek down a rabbit hole of sorts. Very dark. Very deep. But worth the journey...to get to the truth. Many with firsthand knowledge are willing via personal interviews to share what they remember about both Bob the Laconia. Some have better memories than others but all of them eerily confirm that there really is something to this chase. Bob, though just a child, was horribly abused physically, mentally and emotionally and abandoned by his own mother. At the end of day it's Bob's own retelling of the events that haunt the most. He too, like us, is trying to understand the 'why' to all of it.
This is a powerful, well made documentary. Worth the watch.
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