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."

Library catalog

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Citizenfour (2014)

Director: Laura Poitras
Run time: 113 min.
Call number:  JF1525.W45 C58 2015

"With unprecedented access, this behind-the-scenes chronicle follows director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald's encounters with whistle-blower Edward Snowden in a hotel room in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents that provide evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA."
—Publisher's description

Friday, June 3, 2016

Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

Director: Dave Jannetta
Run Time: 103 min.  
Call Number: PS3602.A599 Z46 2014

"In an isolated, high-plains community, a brilliant mathematics professor disappears from the local college without a trace. Three months later his body is discovered tied to a tree and burned beyond recognition in the remote hills south of campus. Iconoclastic author Poe Ballantine searches for clues related to the case while reflecting on his own life of wanderlust."

Distributor's description