Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Fantasy Sports Gamble (2016)

Director: Frank Koughan
Run Time: 60 min.

"An investigation with The New York Times into fantasy sports and online sports betting. With law enforcement cracking down, the film traces the growth of these booming businesses and goes inside their operations at home and abroad."

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Massie Affair (2005)

Director: Mark Zwonitzer
Run time: 60 min.

"In the early years of the 20th century, at a time when the U.S. Navy dominated Hawai'i, Americans thought of the islands as their paradise in the Pacific. But in September 1931, an explosive incident shook the semblance of tranquility and exposed the racial tensions roiling beneath the surface.

Thalia Fortescue Massie, the troubled young wife of a Navy lieutenant, claimed that a group of Hawaiians had raped her on the Ala Moana, a lonely beach road leading from Waikiki to Honolulu.Five young men were arrested -- two Hawaiians, two Japanese, and one Chinese. Despite evidence that the defendants couldn't have committed the crime, a mixed race jury deadlocked and the suspects were released on bail. Hawaiians were outraged, believing the rape charges a sham. White sailors beat one of the rape defendants so badly he almost died.

Into this explosive atmosphere, Massie's strong-willed mother, Grace Hubbard Fortescue, made a dramatic entrance. When one of the rape defendants was found dead in the back seat of Fortescue's car, news of the "honor slaying" unleashed a torrent of racist invective from the mainland in support of Fortescue. Though she was eventually tried and convicted of manslaughter, her sentence was commuted to a single hour. The Massie affair inflicted a wound on the psyche of the Hawaiian people that has yet to heal."

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Square (2013)

Director: Jehane Noujaim
Run time: 109 min.
Call Number:  DT107.87 .S63 2015

"'The Square,' a stunning new documentary by Jehane Noujaim about the 2011 uprising in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and its aftermath, epitomizes nonfiction film not just as a way to deepen knowledge and understanding, but also as an art form. In this vibrant, lyrical, graphic, sobering and finally soaring testament to aesthetic and political expression, Noujaim consistently provides light where once there was heat."
—Ann Hornaday, Washington Post (full review here)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Drone (2015)

Director:          Tonje Hessen Schei
Run Time:       60 or 82 min.  
Call Number: UG1242.D7 D76 2015

"A close-up examination of the ramifications of remote warfare, 'Drone' is a solid, thought-provoking documentary that raises some pertinent questions even if they may not originate from the most objective of places."

—Michael Rechtshaffen, L.A. Times (full review here)

Monday, June 27, 2016

No Land, No Food, No Life (2013)

Director: Amy Miller
Run time: 75 min.
Call Number: HD9000.5 . N65 2013

"A hard-hitting film which explores sustainable small scale agriculture, and the urgent call for an end to corporate global land grabs. This feature length documentary gives voice to those directly affected by combining personal stories, and vérité footage of communities fighting to retain control of their land. It covers Mali, Cambodia and Uganda."

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