'Don't Let Me Drown'
(E.J. Bonilla, Gleendilys Inoa, Damian Alcazar, Richardo Chavira, Gina Torres, et al / DVD / NR / 2010 / IMAGE Entertainment)
Overview: 'Don't Let Me Drown is the story of two Brooklyn teenagers finding comfort in each other while dealing with the aftermath of the World Trade Center tragedy.
DVD Verdict: Beginning at, well, the beginning, the idea for 'Don't Let Me Drown' evolved about two years after 9/11. The city was still on edge and reading the news was becoming more and more depressing, enraging. Therein, writing this story was a way to escape and create an alternate, more hopeful reality. New York City had changed - people were anxious, there was fear in their eyes - and it obviously reminded the director of growing up in rough neighborhoods during the crack epidemics of the 80’s.
Now, once you know that, you tend to go into this film ready for what will be revealed to you. You are ready to be drawn back to those tragic days, to recall the Twin Towers images, and ultimately, more than anything, you are prepared to fall in love with the characters wholeheartedly.
And you do all of that, trust me, without hesitation. 'Don't Let Me Drown' is a film that should be more well known by now. Sure it was a Grand Jury Prize nominee at the Sundance Film Festival and has won the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival along with the awards for Jury Prize and Best Editing at the Woodstock Film Festival, but I'm talking human, viewer-watching, word-of-mouth, that kind of thing.
Focusing on other issues/struggles such as love, abuse, racism and poverty,'Don't Let Me Drown' is, quite simply put, a wonderful love story with just the right amount of humor and drama. Please, watch it with friends, watch it again with family. It will never get old. It is as poignant a story to tell today as it could ever have been back then. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of: