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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



2nd Chance

Ramin BAHRANI

  • US
  • 2022
  • 89min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

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Synopsis

In 1969, pizzeria owner Richard Davis invented a modern bulletproof vest and shot himself 192 times to prove the effectiveness of his vest. Afterwards, he founded the bulletproof company "2nd Chance" and directed a B-grade crime film for marketing. 2nd Chance traces how this fascinating and brazen man gained money and fame but the death of a policeman wearing a "Second Chance" vest revealed his reckless lies and brought him down.

Review

A man who shot 192 bullets into his abdomen. The life of Richard Davis can be summed up in this one sentence. 2nd Chance is a documentary based on the chronicle of Davis, who invented a modern bulletproof vest that saved thousands of lives and founded a company called "2nd Chance" after an attack that devasted his pizzeria in 1969. To develop the bulletproof vest, he not only designed a vest made of nylon rolls, but also used himself as a test subject to shoot himself, and eventually became a film director by directing a B-grade action film featuring heroic police officers. About the man who is a gifted businessman, a master of marketing, or an obsessive showman, this film is an allegory of dark secrets, humor and political awakenings, stranger than fiction. This is the first feature-length documentary directed by Ramin Bahrani, who gained fame for several fiction films and a humorous and gloomy account of how America has ruled the world today, based on a warlike, delusional worldview. The film that drove the 2022 Sundance International Film Festival into a delightful horror.

 

Director

  • Ramin BAHRANI

    Academy Award–nominee Ramin Bahrani is the Iranian American writer, director, and producer. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, and his cinematic oeuvre is housed in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.​ 

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