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2005 Fall The New Documentary Impulse


January 28, 2014

Kenneth Turan

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“The 3 Rooms Of Melancholia”

This award-winning, stunningly beautiful documentary reveals how the Chechen War has psychologically affected children in Russia and in Chechnya. Divided into three episodes or ‘rooms,’ the film is characterized by an elegantly paced, observational style, which uses little dialog, minimal voice-over commentary and a spare but evocative musical score. The 3 Rooms of Melancholia, which […]

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“The Burnt Theater”

In Cambodia artists are born into a family tradition of dancers, actors and singers and function as the entire nation’s collective source of creativity and imagination. Their strong will and inspiration exists beyond the wars, massacres, brutality and the government’s desire to deprive them of a voice. Within “The Burnt Theater” a group of actors […]

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“The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine”

In 1975-79, the Khmer Rouge waged a campaign of genocide on Cambodia’s population. 1.7 million Cambodians lost their lives to famine and murder as the urban population was forced into the countryside to fulfill the Khmer Rouges’ dream of an agrarian utopia. In S21, Panh brings two survivors back to the notorious Tuol Sleng prison […]

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“The Fog of War”

The Fog of War is a 20th century fable, a story of an American dreamer who rose from humble origins to the heights of political power. Robert S. McNamara was both witness to and participant in many of the crucial events of the 20th century: the crippling Depression of the 1930s; the industrialization of the […]

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“The Trials of Henry Kissinger”

Introduction and Q&A with Eugene Jarecki, Director Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, one of the most influential statesmen of modern times, Henry Kissinger seems assured of his place in history. Yet, in this controversial and eye-opening documentary from Eugene Jarecki and Alex Gibney, journalist Christopher Hitchens makes the case that Kissinger is nothing less […]

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“The Education of Shelby Knox”

Introduction and Q&A with Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt, Directors; Special guest, Shelby Knox The Education of Shelby Knox is a coming of age story about a teenage girl who joins a campaign for comprehensive sex education in the high schools of Lubbock, Texas. As Shelby is swept into the fight, she begins to question […]

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“Gunner Palace”

Gunner Palace is an intimate portrait of the fragmented, chaotic and stress-filled existence of American soldiers at war in Iraq. Four months after President Bush declared the end of “major combat” operations in Iraq, American soldiers of the 2/3 Field Artillery AKA the “Gunners,” continued to endure what they jokingly call “minor combat.” Their barracks […]

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“The Beauty Academy of Kabul”

Under the Taliban, women in Afghanistan were forced to become faceless. Covered by burqas, forbidden to show even a tiny patch of skin, they lived in an almost unbelievably oppressive atmosphere for six long years. This engrossing film documents an unusual and ultimately very moving cultural exchange: a group of volunteer women, comprised of both […]

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Albert Maysles

Garrison Theatre, 7:30 p.m. LALEE’S KIN: THE LEGACY OF COTTON U.S.A., 2001, 90 min Introduction and Q&A with Albert Maysles, Director

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