Strange Culture

Docurama   (2007) / Region 1
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In this moving and wildly innovative film, director Lynn Hershman Leeson tells the terrifying, true story of how one man's personal tragedy turns into persecution by a paranoid and overzealous government.

Steve Kurtz's nightmare began on May 11th, 2004, when he awoke to find his wife Hope dead of heart failure. Police responding to his distressed 911 call became suspicious of biological equipment in his house (materials for an art project on genetically modified food) and contacted the FBI. Soon his world was turned upside down. Only hours after his wife's tragic death, he found himself detained as a suspected "bioterrorist", as dozens of federal agents in Hazmat suits scoured his home, seizing his art materials, computers, manuscripts, books, his cat, and even his wife's body.

Told through a unique blend of interviews, documentary footage, and reconstructed scenes starring actors Tilda Swinton, Thomas Jay Ryan, and Peter Coyote, Hershman's critically acclaimed film is a sophisticated look at how the traumatic events of 9/11 altered American society and undermined its long held values.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jan 29 2008
  • Production Year 2007
  • Empire SKU 1390408
  • UPC Code 767685108796
  • Studio  Docurama
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL


Theatrical Trailer
Filmmaker Interviews
Filmmakers Biography


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color



  • Steven C. Beer
  • Lynn Hershman-Leeson
  • Lise Swenson

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