A locally produced feature length documentary about Baltimore’s rat population opens Friday, September 15 at Station North’s Parkway Theatre. Theo Anthony’s Rat Film explores what Baltimore’s relationship to rats exposes about boundaries of separation and the history of racism in our city.

The film includes interviews with local characters, who have a full range of feelings and thoughts about the city’s rats, including a city rat exterminator, who soberly explains, “There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem.”

Rat Film premiered to North America at the Vancouver Film Festival in 2016 and has the partnership of L.A. production company, MEMORY. The film will begin showing countrywide at select theaters this month, including a two-week run at the Parkway Theatre.

Rat Film has won rave reviews from the New Yorker, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone, among others, and has a positive score of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, along with Anthony as director, was the feature story of this week’s Baltimore City Paper. On September 16th, Anthony will be on site at The Parkway Theatre for a Q & A session after the night’s screening of the film. To purchase tickets to the Baltimore screenings of Rat Film, and to watch the film’s official trailer, visit the official Rat Film website. Be prepared to squirm in your seat.

Rachel Bone

Rachel Bone is a regular contributor to the Baltimore Fishbowl.