in about 100 words or less
US 87m, Colour
Director: Jon Foy; Cast: Justin Duerr, Steve Weinik, Colin Smith
The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles is an intriguing documentary that explores multiple lines of evidence surrounding the origin and meaning of hundreds of cryptic messages found embedded in the asphalt streets of a number of US cities. Also discovered in a few cities in South America, these ingeniously made tiles have been described as everything from an art project to the work of a troubled mind filled with conspiracy theories. In an attempt to track down the maker, or makers of these objects, a seemingly much larger mystery is revealed involving mobile shortwave radio broadcasts and a secret society known as the Minority Association. In moving toward the film’s conclusion, it becomes apparent that the mystery may be more interesting the truth, and as such, the filmmaker’s decision not to pursue matters as far as the audience might expect (Klaus Ming October 2015).