I watched some of season 2 of This American Life yesterday and had to research Marwencol.

Marwencol is a fantasy world created by Mark Hogancamp.

After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark built a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populated the town he dubbed “Marwencol” with dolls representing his friends and family and created life-like photographs detailing the town’s many relationships and dramas.

A documentary about Mark Hogancamp and his fantasy world, Marwencol, premiered at the South by Southwest festival this year, where it won the award for best documentary. Screenings are taking place now on the west coast.

This :30 clip tells it all. Amazing.

In this clip from the upcoming documentary “MARWENCOL”, Mark explains how he offers his friends a chance to live an alternate life in his fantasy world of Marwencol.