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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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After Tiller makes a poignant case for the work of late-term abortion doctors in the US

After Tiller makes a poignant case for the work of late-term abortion doctors in the US

Third-trimester abortion, performed past the 25th week of pregnancy, is the subject of fiery debate between pro-choice and pro-life activists in the United States. The moving documentary After Tiller follows the lives of the only 4 known doctors who can provide safe and legal late-term abortions in the country. Presented at Sheffield Doc Fest 2013,  it will surely provoke discussion, bring many to tears and challenge both critics and supporters of the practice. … Read entire article »

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The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer has created something truly unique – a film within a film; bizarre, uncomfortable, captivating and surreal, it has to be seen to be believed. … Read entire article »

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NCR – Not Criminally responsible

NCR – Not Criminally responsible

He was driven by the voices in his head, she was driven by an errand to run. Their paths collided, a mind snapped, a blade lashed out, a victim fell, her life forever changed. It was 1999. … Read entire article »

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Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer

Filmmakers Mike Lerner and Maksim Pozdorovkin bring the story of the Russian feminist punk-movement back into the spotlight once more, providing an insight to a political trial that spiralled into an international media circus. Emma Norton reviews. … Read entire article »

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