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IDFA 2013: Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case

IDFA 2013: Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has had a lot of exposure in the world of international documentary recently. Just over a year after the release of Alison Klayman’s critically acclaimed documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) comes a brand new offering by Danish filmmaker Andreas Johnsen in the form of Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case. … 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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Documentary explores ‘Muscle Shoals sound’

Documentary explores ‘Muscle Shoals sound’

With all the considerable hype around contemporary music, from twitter to stylists to who did what to whom at an award ceremony, it would be easy to forget that at the heart of successful and timeless music there needs to be  one vital element: it needs to have Soul. … Read entire article »

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Guerrilla Pictures presents new documentary The Engineer

Guerrilla Pictures presents new documentary The Engineer

If you are feeling jaded by the increasing number of CSI-style programmes about forensic science then The Engineer by Mathew Charles and Juan Passarelli will be the illuminating antidote that you need. The Engineer is an in depth study of Israel Ticas, El Salvador’s only criminologist. … Read entire article »

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Alex Gibney shares his three tips for documentary success

Alex Gibney shares his three tips for documentary success

At the BFI London Film Festival, DocGeeks got the opportunity to sit down with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, who was in London to promote his latest documentary film The Armstrong Lie. Find out what his key is to create success after success in documentary filmmaking. … Read entire article »

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Alan Berliner’s First Cousin Once Removed

Alan Berliner’s First  Cousin Once Removed

An intimate and at times uncomfortable portrait of Alzheimer’s, First Cousin Once Removed tracks American poet Edwin Honig’s losing battle with the disease. The latest work of director Alan Berliner, winner of three Emmy Awards and an IDA Documentary Award, has got all the hallmarks of his previous critically acclaimed work – snappy editing, staccato sound effects, a typewriter motif, and a deeply personal exploration of his family … Read entire article »

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Beeban Kidron explores Generation Internet in her eerie new doc InRealLife

Beeban Kidron explores Generation Internet in her eerie new doc InRealLife

What is the internet doing to us? – that was what Beeban Kidron asked herself when she saw her kids glued to their phones 24/7, unable or unwilling to do anything else. With this question in mind she set off to find the online extremities, the internet addicts and social media junkies, particularly amongst teenagers who have never known any other world. … Read entire article »

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