Some documentaries thrive because of the savvy filmmakers behind them; others get by on provocative subject material. In the latter category is CHICKENHAWK: MEN WHO LOVE BOYS, a haphazardly edited film about NAMBLA (the North American Man-Boy Love Association), the notorious self-described
civil rights organization that advocates the legalization of consensual sex between adult men and underage boys.
CHICKENHAWK begins by intercutting talking-head interviews with several prominent NAMBLA members, and then settles down to provide brief portraits of three of the most widely publicized child-love advocates, Peter Melzer, Leyland Stevenson, and Renato Corazzo. Melz...