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To Fight the Anti-Choice Juggernaut, Documentary Builds a Barricade of Personal Experiences

“Abortion: Stories Women Tell” avoids politics, instead letting women share accounts of how they coped with governmental restrictions on the procedure.

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 READ MORE


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An Open Letter to Ivanka Trump From Michael Moore: ‘Your Dad Is Not Well’

It’s time for an intervention.

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 READ MORE



‘Zero Days’ Film Review: When Warfare Goes Viral, Guess Who Loses?

Compared to the era-defining new infoweapon Stuxnet, Big Brother is the stuff of child’s play.

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 READ MORE


Josh Scheer Interviews ‘Almost Holy’ Director Steve Hoover

The filmmaker’s new documentary follows Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a larger-than-life Ukrainian pastor who tries to rehabilitate homeless children in his “Pilgrim Republic.”

Posted on May 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Weiner’ Film Review: This Is What Our Democracy Looks Like

The career of Anthony Weiner (remember him?) may have imploded, but his personal and professional disasters provide the basis for what may be the most unnervingly canny treatment yet of our celebrity-mad political culture.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges and Josh Fox on Holding Onto Our Humanity Amid Climate Change

Hedges, a Truthdig contributor, and Fox, a filmmaker, consider how various forms of culture instill hope, despite looming environmental catastrophe.

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Michael Moore Says His New Movie Will Change America

“Free universal health care, free university, free day care, taxing and policing hedge fund millionaires—have already happened in nearly every other industrialized country in the world! And I have the evidence—and the film—to prove it!”

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE



‘No Más Bebés’: Documentary Highlights History of Forced Sterilizations in L.A. (Video)

A film by Renee Tajima-Peña revives the historical context for our ongoing mistreatment of undocumented immigrants—and reminds us why it shouldn’t be forgotten.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Remembering Legendary Filmmaker and Activist Haskell Wexler

In this video, “Democracy Now!” pays tribute to the Oscar-winning cinematographer, director and activist, who died Sunday at the age of 93.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


AUDIO: Robert Scheer on ‘The Hunting Ground’—a Documentary About Sexual Assault on Campus

By Robert Scheer

In the fifth episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief discusses the documentary film “The Hunting Ground” (airing again on Sunday, Dec. 27 on CNN) with its director, Kirby Dick, and producer, Amy Ziering. The film has been shown at hundreds of college campuses, provoking heated discussions about the prevalence of sexual assault and how educational institutions handle accusations of rape.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Michael Moore Calls Lack of Female Directors in Hollywood ‘a Form of Apartheid’

The documentary filmmaker pointed to one of Hollywood’s persistent gender issues in a panel discussion at the New York Film Festival on Sunday, once again drawing attention to the vast gap between the number of female and male directors in the industry and dropping the word “apartheid” while he was at it.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Michael Moore Plays a Big Prank on Audiences in ‘Where to Invade Next’

The title of documentarian Michael Moore’s latest provocative cinematic production is “Where to Invade Next.” Probably a blistering critique of U.S. foreign policy, right? Not exactly.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



In ‘Best of Enemies,’ Politics Becomes the Spectator Sport We’re Still Watching

The documentary spotlights the riveting 1968 exchanges between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley that set the bar for political TV and helped frame America’s culture wars.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Look of Silence’: Showing the Human Side of Genocide

What if the Nazis had won in World War II? That question represents one of the thematic forces that shape Joshua Oppenheimer’s quietly riveting, Oscar-nominated documentary about Indonesia’s 1965-66 tragedy.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE



Laura Poitras Hits Back at U.S. Government With Harassment Suit

“Citizenfour” director Laura Poitras has taken the U.S. government to task through her work as a filmmaker, and, unsurprisingly, she’s gotten a direct message about how that’s gone over with the powers that be in Washington. (Hint: not well.)

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE



Where Black Lives Don’t Matter: Serial Murder and Silence in South L.A.

Police don’t always to have to shoot to kill black people. “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” which debuts Monday on HBO, shows how the devaluing of black women’s lives allowed a serial killer to roam free for 25 years.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015 READ MORE



The Church of Scientology’s Vitriolic Reaction to ‘Going Clear’

The organization has hit back furiously at filmmaker Alex Gibney’s exposé “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which aired Sunday night on HBO.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Internet’s Own Boy’: See New Footage, Director Interview From Aaron Swartz Doc

On Jan. 6, Brian Knappenberger, director of the buzz-magnet documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy,” sat down with Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin in Los Angeles at the Annenberg Space for Photography to talk about his iconic subject, Aaron Swartz, and the impact of his life’s work and legacy.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE


The Case Against Torture

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s U.S. military-appointed attorney says in this short documentary, “How we treat people ... is a reflection of who we are as Americans.”

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Max Blumenthal Explains Why His Critics Are the Real Anti-Semites

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Max Blumenthal is chased out of Germany, Robert McChesney is optimistic about revolutionary change, we speak to the creators of the new documentary “Remote Area Medical,” and Robert Scheer interviews Leslie Cockburn.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE


Robert McChesney Is Hopeful About Revolutionary Change

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Max Blumenthal is chased out of Germany, Robert McChesney is optimistic about revolutionary change, we speak to the creators of the new documentary “Remote Area Medical,” and Robert Scheer interviews Leslie Cockburn.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Stranger Than Fiction: ‘Citizenfour’ Is a Dire Parable of Whistle-Blowers and Government Spying

Laura Poitras’ lens wordlessly captured the shock of the journalists, the youthful sincerity of the whistle-blower, and the unfolding tension that mounted as the stories started to get published and Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source to the entire world.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE


Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State Uses ‘Snuff Films’ to Promote Atrocities

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Patrick Cockburn on James Foley’s murder and the rise of the Islamic State, Dennis Kucinich on the militarization of police, and Joshua Rofe on the 2,500 teen lifers in prison.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE


Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State Uses ‘Snuff Films’ to Promote Atrocities

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Patrick Cockburn on James Foley’s beheading and the rise of the Islamic State, Dennis Kucinich on the militarization of police, and Joshua Rofe on the 2,500 teen lifers in prison.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Citizen Koch’ Filmmakers: Watching This Movie Is ‘Civil Disobedience’

In “Citizen Koch,” filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal tell the story of the effects of the Citizens United decision through the viewpoints of three lifelong Republicans in Wisconsin.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE


Does the U.S. Owe Iraq?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Iraq falls apart, the VA goes after whistle-blowers, the Washington football team loses its racist trademarks, and more on Gore Vidal.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE


Does the U.S. Owe Iraq?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Iraq falls apart, the VA goes after whistle-blowers, the Washington football team loses its racist trademarks, and more on Gore Vidal.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Beyond Sex and Soccer: Why Brazilians Are Pissed About the World Cup

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The World Cup opens with a bang, how thinking mothers should deal with gunplay, and we interview the directors of two new documentaries—one on the late, great Gore Vidal, the other on prison escape artist and possible criminal justice victim Mark DeFriest.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Beyond Sex and Soccer: Why Brazilians Are Pissed About the World Cup

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The World Cup opens with a bang, how thinking mothers should deal with gun play, and we interview the directors of two new documentaries—one on the late, great Gore Vidal, the other on prison escape artist and possible criminal justice victim Mark DeFriest.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE


‘Fed Up’ Promises to Change the Way You Eat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new movie from the producer of “An Inconvenient Truth” and Katie Couric takes on the American diet. Also: A look at the border industrial complex, and a broken promise to help Filipino immigrants send aid to victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Posted on May 8, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Fed Up’ Promises to Change the Way You Eat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new movie from the producer of “An Inconvenient Truth” and Katie Couric takes on the American diet. Also: A look at the border industrial complex, and a broken promise to help Filipino immigrants send aid to victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



Discovery Plans Documentary About Mount Everest Avalanche

But is it too soon? The Discovery network is working on a documentary about the avalanche on Mount Everest on Friday in which 13 Sherpas were killed and three more are missing and presumed dead.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE


The Internet Is Great and It’s Awful

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE


Aaron Swartz: The Internet’s Own Boy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Egypt’s Revolution: Director Jehane Noujaim Talks About Capturing the Tahrir Square Uprising

The Egyptian filmmaker says what happened in Tahrir forever changed the consciousness of the country.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE


Controversial Director Defends Bradley Manning

Many supporters of Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks were unhappy with Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney’s “We Steal Secrets,” but in a new interview with David Sirota, the director expresses support for the Army private as well as for website founder Julian Assange.

Posted on Aug 12, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Why I Changed My Mind on Weed: Dr. Sanjay Gupta

After years of knocking the merits of medicinal marijuana, CNN’s prominent chief medical correspondent announces, “I am here to apologize.”

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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RNC Threatens to Boycott Networks That Air Hillary Clinton Documentaries

With NBC and CNN both planning to devote special coverage to the potential 2016 presidential candidate, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (pictured) says his group will freeze out networks that put a “thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Blackfish’: What the Hell Is Sea World Thinking?

By what measure of magical thinking does the occasional death or ripped-off limb seem a sensible price to pay for the queasy entertainment offered at water shows?

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: The Movie

Pablo Bryant is making a documentary about Mr. Fish, the brilliant and subversive artist whose work has been featured on this page for many years.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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The Joy of Singing Out of the Spotlight

“20 Feet From Stardom” is a joyous documentary about the lives and careers of backup singers. It has been a long time since I’ve had so much fun at a movie.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE



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‘We Steal Secrets’: State Agitprop

A new documentary defames Bradley Manning as a sexually confused young man and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a paranoid megalomaniac and sexual deviant. But what else would you expect of a film commissioned by one of the largest corporations in the country?

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 READ MORE



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More Exposés, Less Action

This new media landscape is more hostile to the civic community and discourages the younger generation from believing that change is truly within our grasp.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Was 2012 the Best Year for Documentaries?

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A look at the Oscar-nominated docs and other political movies, and more on the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE


Was 2012 the Best Year for Documentaries?

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A look at the Oscar-nominated docs and other political movies, and more on the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Seven Movies I Liked in 2012 (and One I Didn’t)

The film year is, alas, a “disappointment.” The very idea of making a 10 Best list seems either laughable or a task comparable in difficulty to translating the Rosetta Stone.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE


Trailer: ‘Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle’

“Cape Spin!” tells the story of how unlikely alliances (“Kennedys, Kochs and everyday folks”) teamed up to do battle over a proposed waterborne wind farm and what would be the largest clean energy project in America in one of the 1 percent’s most treasured playgrounds: the sea surrounding Cape Cod.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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A Warning to the Next Generation of Student Debtors

Explaining why she is fighting for reform of the student lending industry, Carmen Berkley bursts into tears. She is one of several borrowers interviewed in a documentary by Serge Bakalian, above.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 READ MORE


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