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Friday, May 8, 2009

"Hot Docs": "Carmen Meets Borat"...

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Life in the tiny rural village of Glod, Romania is pretty uneventful for 17-year-old Carmen. She works in her father's bar, waiting on layabouts, watching Spanish soap operas, and planning a life far, far away. But when crews from Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" film arrive, everything changes.

Speaking no English, the townsfolk mistake it for a real documentary and respected villagers like Carmen's father and grandfather happily mug for the camera.

When they see themselves portrayed on screen as Kazakhstani whores, thieves, and abortionists, the village is horrified and big city lawyers channel their outrage into a $30-million lawsuit against the studio, with fantasies of fantastic wealth spreading like wildfire.

Even Carmen begins to reconsider her prospects in Glod, but village greed and suspicion soon catch up to her.

Director Mercedes Stalenhoef uncovers a story in this darkly comic film about pride, betrayal, and Borat...