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Hot Docs 2015 Review: Chameleon

Ryan Mullins’ Chameleon centers around Anas Aremeyaw Anas, a Ghanian investigative journalist whose exploits have attained widespread notoriety within his home country and across the world. Over fifteen years of working in the field, Anas has become a character of near-mythic status, with the tendency for going completely undercover to apprehend corrupt individuals. The methods he employs are so effective, that very few even know what he looks like.

Utilizing a fly-on-the-wall aesthetic, Mullins observes Anas on a variety of cases, as he works with law enforcement officers to bring down a child prostitution ring, an illegal abortionist, and a depraved church syndicate. The level of proximity granted in these sections makes for palpable tension, at times in the same vein of a procedural thriller.

In addition, scenes of Anas speaking with a large assembly of school children are featured throughout, reflecting on his career and celebrity status within the area. These moments bring to light what an inspiring force of justice he is, acting as a real hero in the face of adversity.

Chameleon is enthralling from start to finish, in its depiction of a larger than life figure, putting their life on the line for the sake of humanity. It is sure to engage true crime enthusiasts, and comes to represent the power of journalism in the modern world.

[star v=4]