Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)

Genres - Culture & Society, Theater  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Illnesses & Disabilities, Performance Art  |   Release Date - Nov 7, 1997 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This documentary profiles poet/performance artist Bob Flanagan, who was born with cystic fibrosis. Flanagan explains, with engaging humor, how his obsession with controlled, self-inflicted pain has helped him to deal with his uncontrollable suffering. His philosophy forces one to look at sado-masochism with fresh eyes. The film includes explicit scenes of genital self-mutilation.

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masochism, self-mutilation, cystic-fibrosis, artist, domination [sexual], obsession, poet, sadomasochism, terminal-illness, wife