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My Kid Could Paint That

MY KID COULD PAINT THAT examines the work and surprising success of a four-year-old girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of Picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the back story that proved to be her demise.

Director: Amir Bar-Lev
Year: 2007
Time: 82 min

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