Genre: Documentary | Duration: 87 min. | MPAA: N7 | 2016 | Countries: JAV, Canada | Subtitles Lithuanian
Charles Bilal , Courtney Brown , Sally Butler , Jervis Cameron , Michael John Carley
As a boy in Queens, NY, Darius McCollum found sanctuary from school bullies in the subway. There he befriended transit workers who taught him to drive trains. By age 8, he memorized the entire subway system. At 15, he drove a packed train 8 stops by himself, making all the stops and announcements. Over the next three decades, Darius commandeered hundreds of trains and buses, staying en route and on schedule, without ever getting paid. He attended transit worker union meetings, lobbying for better pay and working conditions for a union he didn’t belong to. “Off the Rails” tells the remarkable story of a man with Asperger’s syndrome whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes, although Darius has never damaged any property or hurt anyone.