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November 21, 2021

The Ethical Problems In Peter Brook’s Tell Me Lies

In 1968 Peter Brook made a documentary about the movement against Britain’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The film has that loose avant-garde style of […]
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November 18, 2021

An Analysis Of A 4 Minute Sexually Explicit Video

I recently watched an odd video I found on a porn site. It was the title that enticed me to click on it, Playing With Things […]
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November 6, 2021

Ross McElwee’s Six O’clock News

If people recognize Ross McElwee’s name they are likely to associate it with his much acclaimed documentary Sherman’s March. Its on most lists of the best documentaries […]
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October 27, 2021

There Has Never Been A Film Like The Act of Killing

When I first heard the premise for The Act of Killing it sounded like a terrible idea and after seeing it I remain undecided. I am astonished […]
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October 27, 2021

Whose Side Of The Camera Are You On?

Nazi officers wore hats emblazoned with a big skull right in the center, and yet it never occurred to them that they might be on […]
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October 25, 2021

Omo Child: A Challenge for Multiculturalism

Currently, western culture embraces the tenets of multiculturalism. There is a desire to recognize all cultures and ideologies as worthy of respect and to see […]
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October 21, 2021

Emad Burnat’s Documentary Five Broken Cameras

The core of Emad Burnat’s documentary, 5 Broken Cameras, is deeply personal. Politics and social strife surround it, but Emad’s patient, gentle and insightful presence […]
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October 17, 2021

Favorite Scenes №3: Casting JonBenet

Kitty Green made Casting JonBenet in 2017. It’s a documentary about documentaries. Using a variety of ingenious filmic devices Green repeatedly arranges and rearranges fact and fiction revealing […]
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October 15, 2021

Nanfu Wang’s I Am Another You

I Am Another You was made by Nanfu Wang in 2017 when she was 21 years old. This is a young person’s film. Wang was on […]
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September 30, 2021

Two Brothel Documentaries: Mustang And Chicken Ranch

On the surface Mustang: The House That Joe Built and Chicken Ranch are two remarkably similar documentaries. Both take the viewer behind the curtain to see how a successful, […]
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