Jessica Yu's documentary In the Realms of the Unreal is a meditative look at what little we know about Darger's life, and the massive body of art that he left behind, utilizing the barest scraps of primary information available (there are only three known photographs of him) and Darger's own diaries. It wasn't an easy childhood by any stretch of the imagination: Darger's mother died when he was four and his father gave him up for adoption a few years later, dying not long after. Darger was sent to an asylum for "feeble-minded children" in downstate Illinois. After serving in World War I, an experience that he found quite horrible and would haunt his art years later, Darger returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he would spend the rest of his years working janitorial jobs at hospitals and composing his multimedia masterpiece.
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