"It never was a rat problem; it’s always been a people problem", according to the Baltimore rat-catcher. Those people are not the residents of the city’s poorest neighbourhoods, but rather the bankers and company directors who decided during the previous century not to give these residents any more opportunities. In spite of its at times light, almost frivolous tone, and without saying so out loud, this documentary shows how the policymakers’ simplistic worldview still determines the look of the city. Not by showing a series of talking heads spouting opinions, but through attentive watching and listening. The rat catcher makes predictions, the locals hunt for rats at night on the streets or lie in wait with a gun in the garden. These observations lend an air of unreality to the city.
Rat Film is a story about Baltimore that isn’t just about Baltimore. It’s about all cities. How does the historical city hide within the city you walk through today? What ghosts haunt it?

Filmmaker
Theo Anthony
Country
USA
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
82’
Language
English
Producer
Riel Roch-Decter
Production Company
MEMORY
Sales
Visit Films
Writer
Theo Anthony
Cinematography
Theo Anthony
Editor
Theo Anthony
Production Design
Marnie Ellen Hertzler, Becca Brooks Morrin
Sound Design
Marc Gallant
Music
Dan Deacon
Website
http://memory.is/rat-film