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Sheerly Avni
Sheerly Avni
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Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco based film and culture writer. A former editor of,  her work also has appeared in The Chicago Sun-Times,...


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‘Don?t Stop ? ’ —David Chase?s Maddening ‘Sopranos’ Finale

Of all the endings that “Sopranos” aficionados may have anticipated, Sunday night’s series finale probably defied almost of all their expectations, for better or for worse.  Judging by the fans’ reactions on the HBO site that night, “for worse” may be the majority opinion.  Contributor Sheerly Avni weighs in on the controversial send-off of Tony and his famigliaWarning:  Spoiler alert.

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE


Children of Men

‘Children of Men’: Universal’s Orphaned Masterpiece

How do you make the best movie of the year—possibly the decade—and still get pummeled at the box office by Ben Stiller and a CGI dinosaur?  Sheerly Avni, Truthdig’s movie critic, lays it out in 10 easy steps.

Posted on Jan 9, 2007 READ MORE


Blood Diamond
Warner Brothers

Blood Diamonds Are Forever

The new Leonardo DiCaprio-starring movie about African diamond smugglers may be a schizophrenic mess, writes Truthdig’s Sheerly Avni, but it’s also one of the most powerful films you’ll see all year.

Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE


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'When the Levees Broke'
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The City That Care Forgot: Spike Lee and the ‘New’ New Orleans Blues

Spike Lee’s new four-hour HBO documentary, ?When the Levees Broke: A Requiem for New Orleans in Four Acts,? which premiered Monday night (and continues Tuesday night), is a haunting, maddening and expertly told story about the signature event in recent American history that showed how little our government truly cares for many of its citizens.

Posted on Aug 19, 2006 READ MORE


'The Road to Guantanamo'
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Convenient Omissions on the Road to Guantanamo

Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross have made a necessary and important critique of grave injustices at Guantanamo Bay. But are their storytelling techniques entirely on the level?

Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE

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Nicole Holofcener
Sony Pictures Classics

Nicole Holofcener: The Truthdig Interview

The director who has been called the “Woody Allen of the West Coast” talks about her new ensemble film, Friends With Money,Ӕ starring Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener and Joan Cusack, which opened last week.

Posted on Apr 6, 2006 READ MORE


David Muhammad

David Muhammad: The Truthdig Interview

The prominent black activist and mentor for incarcerated youth in Oakland, Calif. argues that it’s time to hold hip-hop artists accountable for the messages behind their music.

Posted on Apr 3, 2006 READ MORE

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Sheerly Avni
Sheerly Avni
Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig

Sheerly Avni is a San Francisco based film and culture writer. A former editor of,  her work also has appeared in The Chicago Sun-Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Toronto Star, San Francisco Magazine, AlterNet, and of course, Truthdig.  Her book about Northern California film directors, “Cinema by the Bay,” was published in 2006.

She was also a workshop facilitator and editor at The Beat Within, a weekly publication by and for incarcerated youth, for fifteen years. Sheerly is now working as a script consultant for the Netflix series “Ingobernable”.


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