‘Marwencol’ Doc: Inglourious Barbies Fight the Nazis

09.29.10 Marina Galperina


Mark Hogancamp was beaten into a coma outside a bar in Kingston, New York. Brain-damaged, he spends his days photographing painstakingly stylized sets and dolls posed in a WWII fantasy à la Quentin Tarantino.

Using his disability money, he’s built Marwencol, a miniature fictional Belgian town. There, he funnels his trauma into toy heroism, Nazi slaughter and Russian romance.

The Marwencol documentary follows Mark as his backyard hobby is discovered by an art curator who drags him back to society. The doc opens at the IFC Center on October 8th.