Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Stolen Revolution (2013)

Director: Nahid Persson Sarvestani 
Run time: 75 min. 
Call Number: DS318.839 .M97 (2013)

"A student activist in Iran's 1979 revolution that overthrew the dictatorial Shah, Nahid Persson Sarvestani fled to Sweden with her baby after Islamists seized power and began persecuting leftists who had been their revolutionary allies. Three decades later, prompted by brutal crackdowns on protests in Iran and long-suppressed guilt for abandoning a younger brother to imprisonment and death, the internationally acclaimed filmmaker locates and reunites with five women who were tortured in the jails she so narrowly escaped. . . ." 
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Red Hollywood (2014)

Director: Thom Andersen, Noël Burch
Run time:  90 min.
Call number: PN1993.5.U65 R43 2014

“'Red Hollywood” may suggest the rivers of blood that flood our screens. But the red in the title of this fascinating essay like movie refers to the home-front Communists and other American radicals — actual and accused — who once upon a Hollywood time made socially conscious movies that took on the world and its woes."

Manohla Dargis, New York Times (Full review here)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Maidan: Uprising in Ukraine (2015)

Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Run time: 127 min.
Call number: DK508.848 .M33 2015

"Easily the most rigorous, vital, and powerful movie of 2014, Sergei Loznitsa's Maidan may be a perfect Bazinian cinema-machine — reality is captured, crystallized, honored for its organic complexity, and delivered unpoisoned by exposition or emphasis. Every dissatisfaction you could be nursing about the obvious and overdetermined tenor of contemporary film — and particularly modern documentaries — is met here with thrown bricks."
—Michael Atkinson, Village Voice (full review here)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation (2015)

Director: Jane Manning 
Run time: 55 min.

"In this ground-breaking expose, industry insiders go on the record to explain how carefully Pokies are programmed for addiction. They’re joined by world-leading neuroscientists, taking you into the lab to reveal how these machines work on the deepest levels of our brains, leading some researchers to call them 'electronic morphine.' And, we reveal how successive Australian governments have become the biggest addicts of all." 
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Friday, April 22, 2016

Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (2014)

Director: Jeremiah Zagar
Run Time:  98 min.
Call Number:  HV6515 .C75

"When the curtain rose on the murder trial of Pamela Smart murder case 23 years ago, the stage was set for the birth of reality TV. Accused of plotting the 1990 murder of her husband Gregory, the 22-year-old Smart was subsequently convicted in the first fully televised, gavel-to-gavel court case, which has inspired TV shows, books, plays and feature films.

An official selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart explores how the media coverage of the case may have influenced the trial and sentencing. Featuring an exclusive new interview with Smart herself, as well as interviews with prosecuting and defending attorneys, journalists who covered the case, childhood friends, former inmates who served time with her, and, in the first interview since his release, one of the boys convicted with her." 

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