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Friday, 13 February 2015

Meet the kids who never left their tiny NYC home for up to 23 years

These 6 brothers and a sister never left their home for 23 years because of a paranoid father who believed that New York would contaminate them. The children had to learn everything they know from watching over 5,000 movies. Read the strange story below from UK Daily Mail
The strange tale of six brothers and one sister who grew up in New York but were never allowed out to explore the city's streets has become the subject of a new documentary.
The Angulo siblings - Bhagavan, 23, twins Govinda and Narayana, 22, Mukunda, 20, Krisna, 18, Jagadesh, 17, and their sister Visnu - lived with their parents on welfare in a four-bedroom apartment in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Their father, Oscar, kept the only key and the door was always locked. 
Home-schooled by their mother, the siblings found an outlet watching movies which gave them a taste, albeit a warped one, of the outside world. 

The lives of the Angulo family became the subject of film,The Wolfpack, from director Crystal Moselle. 
The documentary won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah last month. The six brothers and their mother Susanne also attended the premiere. Their sister, Visnu, who is the eldest and suffers developmental challenges, did not attend. 

The story emerged in 2010, when Ms Moselle met one of the brothers - then aged between 11 and 18 years old - on a rare escape into the outside world.
She described first seeing them, on First Avenue, when they were all walking in a 'pack', wearing sunglasses and with their long hair blowing. Their look had been inspired by Reservoir Dogs.

Ms Moselle said: 'It almost felt as if I had discovered a long lost tribe, except it was not from the edges of the world but from the streets of Manhattan.' 
The filmmaker befriended the boys, slowly earned the family's trust and was invited into their sheltered world, bringing her camera with her.
Ms Moselle said that boy's mother, Susanne Angulo, slowly opened up to her but that the father, was a 'rollercoaster'.
Daily Mail Online was awaiting comment from the film's distributor, Magnolia Pictures. 
According to the documentary's blurb, which runs to one hour and 24 minutes, it follows the siblings' isolated lives.
'All exceedingly bright, they have no acquaintances outside of their family and have practically never left home,' the film's press release reads. 

They fed their imaginations by meticulously re-enacting favorite movies - works by Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorcese among them.
Their movie reconstructions were elaborate - at one point, two of the brothers recreated Batman: Dark Knight Rises' costumes out of no more than cereal boxes and yoga mats. 

The brother says: 'After I saw the Dark Knight, that made me believe that something was possible to happen. Not because it was Batman, it’s because it felt like another world. 

'I did everything I could to make that world come true. To escape my world.' 
In all they had watched about 5,000 movies which were rented or bought cheaply. 

The parents above...

Finally, one of the brothers escapes the home, and the clan is forced to readjust and begin taking their first steps into society.  
Ms. Moselle told The New York Times: 'It’s fascinating what the human spirit does when it’s confined.
'The downside to all the movies - and they have seen, like, 5,000 - is that there are certain formulas to them. 

'Real life is different. In real life, the girl doesn’t always break your heart. The boys are still struggling to understand that.'
The children come across as a likable and intelligent group in the film, despite their unimaginably sheltered lives.
Their mother, Susanne, appears to have been controlled to the same extent that her children were.

She is described as a former hippie from the Midwest who is both the provider and educator for the family. She met her husband on the trail to Machu Picchu. 

Their father, Oscar, appears on briefly on camera. The Peruvian immigrant, who is devoted to Hare Krishna, appears caught in a struggle with paranoia and alcohol. 
The once aspiring musician, with a deep love for AC/DC, instilled his love of music in his sons and daughter. He believes that New York will 'contaminate' his children.
However filmmaker Ms Moselle reserved judgement on Mr Angulo, telling The Times: 'The thing is, these brothers are some of the most gentle, insightful, curious people I’ve ever met. Something was clearly done right.'

According to The Times, social services did have involvement at the home and the children have received some psychiatric treatment. 
In the film, all the siblings can be seen struggling with resentment towards their father for the life they have been forced to lead. 

Six of the siblings still live in the family's Lower East Side apartment - only Govinda Angulo has let home.
From left to right) Jagadisa, Govinda, Narayana, producer Izabella Tzenkova, associate producer Megan Delaney, the siblings' mother Susanne Angulo, director Crystal Moselle, Bhagavan, Jagadisa, and Mukunda attend The Wolfpack premiere during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival at the Temple Theate in Park City, Utah

81 comments:

AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Pheew,na wa o,wetin we no go hear.

AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Pheew,na wa o,wetin we no go hear.

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Dotted lines said...

Humm

Mayreeh Chioma said...

Jeez!!! Rubbish

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmmmm
Notin person no go c in dis life ooo
Which kind house arrest b dat one
Funny father tho!
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Mz_Fowoshere said...

Dat means dey are all Virgins, chai. I pray ooo #happyfriday

Nathaniel Shok said...

Good for them

wilheminna moses said...

RuBbish! No wonder De r so ugly

RareSpecie Z said...

Well, i think they learned 4rom the all time best talkin bout Scorcese, Nolan n the almighty Tarantino. It can never get better than these 3 especially when u ve watched all their movies like i did. The kids indeed learnt well from these genius movies producers.

Anonymous said...

NA WOW OH, NOTING WAY DIS WHITE PPLE CANNOT DO, TRY AM FOR NAIJA.

haters-slayer o said...

hmmmm orishirishi,lol! remains me of the cartoon 'tangled'

ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

All these stories that spring up from God knows where...next plz

Linda Fashion Blog said...

My God, 23years in isolation. Wat kind of father is that?


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ROYAL PRIESTHOOD said...

Wow!

Dis is d type of family upbringing and virtues dat children carry along to their adulthood. D virtue of "self contentment".

Thumbs up to them.

ary said...

I have often imagined what it would be like to grow up in isolation of the real world, that someone tried it is really amazing! They will start to experience everything but most of them as adults.

ROYAL PRIESTHOOD said...

Wow!

Dis is d type of family upbringing and virtues dat children carry along to their adulthood. D virtue of "self contentment".

Thumbs up to them.

salifu ebiojo said...

Nothing surprises me anymore

ROYAL PRIESTHOOD said...

Wow!

Dis is d type of family upbringing and virtues dat children carry along to their adulthood. D virtue of "self contentment".

Thumbs up to them.

CHERRY said...

Hmm strange!

Oluchi Lambert said...

Na what o so things like this still happen, they try o

Caris Wooler said...

Orishirishi

igwe Adaobi said...

Hmm
This is serious
If na naija children them for escape jare still come back and the parents will not even know

Sarah Asuquo said...

Hmmm... What a story!

#king KingOfKings said...

God forbid..see madness..they even look like serial killers................................#6God

LIB FINEST MAN said...

Strange world, nothing man won't see in this world. They must be the most hostile and yet the best to be with when they become fascinated









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omo jasmine said...

Dem belike animals

zipibyte.com said...

Okay now for the first time am speechless

Anonymous said...

staying in my house for 23yrs i will just run mad. how did the cope being introduced to civilization.'
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Juliet Iwuno said...

Hmmmmm, dats a real strange story. Linda take note!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Hmmmmm, dats a real strange story. Linda take note!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Hmmmmm, dats a real strange story. Linda take note!

Juliet Iwuno said...

Hmmmmm, dats a real strange story. Linda take note!

Anjorin Aderonke said...

Dat's so strange

Fortune Finger said...

Linda this one na story? really you dont have work.

Juliet Godwin said...

Oyibi...nothing we no go hear

African Icon 8-):*:D said...

Odi egwu! Not only contamination but animation. Some control freak will not allow others freedom. If you think the world made you a failure you don't determine what it will make others through house arrest.

I am so happy for their freedom.
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African Icon 8-):*:D said...

Odi egwu! Not only contamination but animation. Some control freak will not allow others freedom. If you think the world made you a failure you don't determine what it will make others through house arrest.

I am so happy for their freedom.
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..Her Majesty

Funmilayo Sokoya said...

Na wa oooooo.wonders will never end

Afolabi Eradajaye said...

They look old school

christie benjamin said...

God please forgive me but the look like george the jungle......so scary and weird.......damn!! Am so happy for the people that brought out socialization to this world........this is a definition of stay home disadvantage


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onyinye onovo said...

weird stuffs do happen all the time.

Jules Louis said...

Wow! I'm just trying to imagine how possible this is. These kids practically lost a quater of their lives. Nawah

Rebec Onas said...

Wow unbelievable

blackbeauty said...

Hmmmmmmmm, oh Lord!!! Dis is incredible and unbelievable at the same time....WTF?? 23years under lock and key? I honestly find dis hard 2 believe.

lami said...

Na wao! Things dey happen.

babayemi azeezat said...

Craziness, wetin we no go hear

Fola said...

Terrific!

chukwura ifeanyi said...

House arrest

flozy katty said...

Nawa oyibo mentality.










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ogudu joy said...

Terrible.why did they not all escape??those kids wont really know what the real world is like i swear.

belle abiodun said...

Strange....

theresa urateh said...

Hmmm na wa !

Udoka Emereonye said...

Ok, so this madness is everywhere, not only Naija.

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PRETTY GIRL said...

Am so sorry to say but they've all grown to look like clueless idiots. ..Their dad has failed woefully as a father# smh

Nnenne George said...

This is what happens when u have lunatic as parents...crazy world..

Anonymous said...

All sorts of bizzare stories everyday! No wonder the children all look like cavemen!!!

Real G said...

Real independent/freedom.. 23yrs, haha!



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Subomi said...

weird, strange and very sad!!

OJAI baby said...

Na wa oooo! Oyibo and their mentality atimes. Everythin they knw in life was learnt from the four walls of their house. This is so unbelievable. No wonder they all have one kind ugly look

iWon Popular said...

these people when u see then run away from them....ok they are psychos www.iwonpopular.com

Sophia stephen said...

Them for marry each other na.


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Shina Shine said...

this is serious
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OPEN HER BOX! said...

WHAT...Unbelievable! Me i for escape before i reach 5.
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Anthony Ngwu said...

Vhiz is exactly what am planning for my kids...but mine wunt be dat long sha

Jessica Frank said...

Daffuq???Too weird.

anita chisom said...

Wonders shall never cease

ukwumaka theophilus said...

This is incredibly incredible. I just pity them in the outside world, because they will remain gullible for a longtime.





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Anonymous said...

A PSYCHO!!!!!!!!!

udeze obumneme said...

Odiegwu. Am glad they survived..

Teemah Salau said...

Na wa!

CHRISTOPHER FORTUNE said...

I guess they were happy with the way Their dad treated dem....becos the 6 guys cld Hve easily over powered their dad and dealt with him

Michael Brown said...

Do u know u r annoying?

Jenny zee said...

They still look strange in suit lol

Moonstone said...

This cant just be my life at all.

funmilola Isheyemi said...

Interesting,our world with complexities

Petite Diva said...

Na wa o.... I hope they don't have any psychological issues later on in life.
Let's help Sola walk again

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmmmm wetin we no go hear

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EMUOBORSAN TOBELE said...

Na wa. what won't we see and hear in this world. hmmmm

chinwe Nzeh said...

What a story

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