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The Unknown Known – documentary offers no justification but lots of political rhetoric

The Unknown Known – documentary offers no justification but lots of political rhetoric

The Unknown Known, Errol Morris’ interview with American politician and principal architect of the Iraq war, Donald Rumsfeld, adds little to our memory of the politician’s performances at press conferences, but vividly conveys how one man’s self-delusion and self-importance came to change the course of American history. … Read entire article »

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Documentary The Square offers new perspective on Egypt’s troubles

Documentary The Square offers new perspective on Egypt’s troubles

Oscar nominated documentary The Square offers up a moving personal account of one of the central events of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’, exploring the complexities of revolution in Egypt and the dismantling of a decades old dictatorship. … Read entire article »

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Dirty Wars – a cinematic style thriller that is frighteningly real

Dirty Wars – a cinematic style thriller that is frighteningly real

Meet investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill. He is The Nation magazine’s national security correspondent and has reported extensively on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Scahill has a nose for a good story and a healthy distrust in governmental press releases. In his new documentary directed by Richard Rowley, this combination leads to the discovery of some very disturbing facts. … Read entire article »

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How to Survive a Plague

How to Survive a Plague

It’s New York in the 1980s. Over 80,000 people are infected with AIDS in the US and over 45,000 have already died from the mysterious disease. The city is gripped with fear. It is, as Larry Kramer calls it, a plague. And there is no solution, no miracle cure. The US government is unwilling or unable to tackle the problem, and congress is rife with homophobia and religious indignation. … Read entire article »

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Stellar shortlist for 2013 PUMA Impact Award

Stellar shortlist for 2013 PUMA Impact Award

As a journalist covering lots of awards, with which you do not always agree (to say the least), it’s nice to finally see a shortlist you couldn’t agree with more. For this year’s PUMA Impact Award, a jury including Susan Sarandon, Gael Garcia Bernal and Ricken Patel, has announced the five competing documentaries to be: The Act of Killing, Bully, Give up Tomorrow, The Interrupters and The Invisible War. … Read entire article »

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DocHouse returns with strong Autumn line-up

DocHouse returns with strong Autumn line-up

The school year has kicked off and so has DocHouse’s fantastic documentary programme. Not only do the doc-lobby group host a series of great films on their signature Thursdays the coming two months, they’re also behind a few other screenings of documentary films which look nothing but promising. … Read entire article »

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Mothers: a critical and original look at China’s one-child policy

Mothers: a critical and original look at China’s one-child policy

The incredibly brave documentary Mothers by Huijing Xu lasts an hour but scars for life. Returning to his native northern Chinese village of Ma, Huijing Xu trails government officials, camera in hand and films them doing their job: enforcing the one-child policy and policing the administration of birth control and sterilisation on all women of child-bearing age. … Read entire article »

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