Six brothers, who were kept locked in a New York apartment for decades and constructed their lives from the movies they watched, are the subject of a new documentary. Channel 4 News went to meet them.
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I didn't have movies life would be pretty boring and there wouldn't be any point to go on so movies opened up another world deep in the thronging city their isolation was absolute we were taught by our father not to talk to strangers you know until five years ago the Anglo brothers had spent nearly their whole lives inside their 16th floor apartment on the Lower East Side with their sister and mother locked away by their father dad was the only one that had the keys to the front door no one else not even our mother it's scaring having to want to break out of that that box trapped inside that box the boys created a vivid imaginative world hang out with homemade props mr. pink scenes from the thousands of films they watch during their years of seclusion pulp fiction has a lot of characters that all of us can play in after meeting the family on a rare outing in the neighborhood five years ago the filmmaker Crystal Moselle befriended and began to film them it is through her lens that their movies appear this outfit is made out of cereal boxes and yoga mats and why do you want to kill me I'm gonna kill you Batman must take his mask off and turn himself in and everything he doesn't people will die without revealing too much these days the brothers are able to live their lives with the freedom they were so long denied there must be so much expectation of what the world would be like I said disappointed or has it absolutely not it's delivered and more everything is sort of similar to the movie world the only difference is it's not structured like the movie world it's not told as the movie world three-act story no it is not Mukunda is now 20 although one of the middle brothers he played a leading role in their productions we always say lines from some of our favorite films we kind of thought why don't we do those he says it was his curiosity about the world outside that led him to be the first to break away so tell me what made you make the decision to make a break from the apartment I feel like it just sparked naturally it wasn't a plan that I'm gonna get out of here on this day at this time where the specific thing do this symbolize it wasn't anything like that was a real spur-of-the-moment thing I just woke up and I was like today hey I'm gonna go out what how would you describe your relationship with your dad um now it's not so bad we don't talk but we wish each other the best although the voice father appears only briefly in the documentary their mother Suzanne is a constant presence perfect her son's value her transformation as much as their own we owe everything to her one of the greatest receptions we have is how taken people are with us they say like we're very well-spoken and nice and we owe that all to our mom it's ironic these boys who were so deliberately kept from the world have now found themselves propelled into it by the film that revealed their isolation it was a very strong way of living and it was like a coat that and it's completely backfired so now it's one extreme to another from listing their favorite films oh let's agree that the Godfather 1 & 2 is number one number two for me it's JFK I agree they're now involved in the craft of filmmaking working on sets in New York but there's much about the outside world to learn can I ask a personal question about relationships maybe relationships with girls I don't know sure how's that going it's going it's going dot okay let's see what happens yeah Monday's Valentine's Day right no I don't I wish I did though it's interesting as well it's like making a new discovery a new feeling in yourself I believe what makes you human is feelings if you don't have any of those this it's kind of pointless really there's no it's not clear yet how their next scene unfolds but for the anglo brothers that is what makes life so much better than any movie saluté Kylie Morris Channel 4 News New York you