“Theo Who Lived” is a documentary about a quirky journalist who was tortured and prepared for death by hanging. He returns to re-trace his steps for this documentary, re-enacting his exhilarated run across the Turkey-Syrian border as well as the self-imposed placement of a noose around his neck.
Theo Padnos (legal name Peter Theo Curtis), who spent almost two years as a prisoner in Syria, participates in a brave and probably therapeutic documentary on his experiences which began in October 2012. He blames himself for walking into the trap that led to his painful torture and laments the suffering of his mother. Luckily, his uncanny Robin Williams humor delivery, good a capella singing, excellent Arabic, and a positive outlook kept him somewhat sane, alive, liked by his captors and hopeful. (CONTINUED)