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In the late 1950s and early 60s, more than 10,000 children were born with deformities due to the use of Thalidomide, a drug used in sedatives. Filmmaker Niko von Glasow was one of the victims, and in Nobody s Perfect he tracks down 11 others who suffered the disastrous side-effects. Niko is recruiting them to pose nude for a book of photographs, to give the ever- present gawkers a good, long look. He especially wants the executives at Grunenthal, the pharmaceutical company that produced the drug, to see the result of their crimes. He ends up stalking his way into their offices like a German Michael Moore, confronting them with images of their misdeeds. The children of Thalidomide are the heart of the film, though, as they battle their body-image issues with courage and dark humor, while pursuing their diverse and successful careers. They are painters, champion horse-riders, actors, and astrophysicists, an inspiring group who overcame incredible odds to become extraordinary people.
An uplifting story of some very special people., not because of their birth defects, but more their spirit and resilience. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard A. Roemer
I would've done a few things differently - probably pondered the origins of the Thalidomide problem a bit more directly, for example - but I don't think that was the intention of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by TBK
Beautifully done and what an incredible way to give publicity to so many that have been swept aside.Published 5 months ago by Johanna Bleeker
Very enlightening. I agree the drug companies who make these drugs should pay!!!Published 5 months ago by Grandma L.
I ended up watching this film as a result of a couple hours on Wiki starting at the American Horror Story: Freak Show, then Mat Fraser, then Thalidomide. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Red Feral
It shows you the people who are living with the aftereffects of what the drug did! The pharmaceutical company knew of the effects, and choose profits over people!Published 8 months ago by jo jo from baltimore
This documentary sheds light and reminds us of a great wrong where the guilty have gone unpunished for more than half a century. Read morePublished 8 months ago by cartoonist