Afterward, I watched a movie I'd Netflixed and saved to a hard drive to watch when I had time, Protagonist. This documentary, filmed by Jessica Wu, is about how four men, who follow wildly different life paths, each live out a Euripedean drama in their lives. Each of the four men are fascinating on their own:
- Mark Pierpoint, a former minister who claimed at one time that evangelical Christianity "saved" him from his homosexuality
- Joe Loya, a guy from middle class background who was physically abused by his father, and becomes a bank robber.
- Mark Salzman (the husband of Jessica Wu, the director) who finds temporary salvation in martial arts
- Hans Joachim-Klein, a German who becomes a terrorist
Each of these men find themselves playing out a role, and each of them are ultimately faced with truths about themselves and that role. Watching this movie, I couldn't help but look inward and think about the roles I play and have played in life, and the transitions I've made. I suspect that most people who watch this will do the same. I highly recommend this documentary.