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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 READ MORE


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 READ MORE



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 READ MORE



‘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 READ MORE


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 READ MORE


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 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 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 READ MORE



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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 READ MORE


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 READ MORE



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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 READ MORE



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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 READ MORE



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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 READ MORE



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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 READ MORE



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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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‘Bully’ Gets a PG-13 Revamp

After several rounds of negotiations, not to mention a couple of altercations, the power play between the Motion Picture Association of America and the creative forces behind Lee Hirsch’s recently released documentary, “Bully,” has produced a slightly new version of the film—one that meets the ratings board’s standards for PG-13 fare without compromising the movie’s message.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Bully’: Zooming In on Childhood Demons

Is bullying on the rise in schools around the country?  I don’t know. You don’t know. And, most important, Lee Hirsch, director of the documentary “Bully,” doesn’t seem to know either.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Crazy Horse’: A Study in Erotic Abstraction

The cabaret’s women are half-naked so much of the time that they are, as it were, clothed in their own nudity. More significantly, I think, the show often presents them very abstractly. In particular, the lighting presents this or that aspect of their bodies in such a way that they lose all particularity. They are not, in these representations, “women,” but are “woman.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE


Documentary Connects Shootings to Economic Struggle

“Murder by Proxy: How America Went Postal” starts with the earliest post office massacre in 1986 in exploring how economic factors might play a role in the epidemic of shootings.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE


Rupert Murdoch’s Cultural Revolution

It takes master documentarian Adam Curtis only five minutes to explain what Rupert Murdoch’s war on elitism (and taste) has to do with Google.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Talks Capitalism With Michael Moore

Let’s review, shall we? In this clip, shot for Michael Moore’s on-the-money documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” Chris Hedges lays it all out for anyone still mystified, as it were, about the devastating human costs of unfettered capitalism. Class is in session.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE


New Documentary Confronts Military Rape

The widespread sexual assault of women in the military is all too often accompanied by indifference and, as some have alleged, deliberate coverups. A new documentary titled “The Invisible War” explores this tragically ignored subject.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE


Errol Morris: The Umbrella Man

Tuesday marked the 48th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an event that would definitely qualify as a macro-level historical happening, as academic-turned-gumshoe Josiah “Tink” Thompson tells documentary whiz Errol Morris in this clip about the mysterious “Umbrella Man.”

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE


‘We Are Legion’: Hacktivists on Film

Whatever else might be said about groups like Anonymous and LulzSec—and the MSM says plenty without saying much—they don’t play. Assuming the position of the rogue hacktivist, their members take on big targets in business, government ... (more)

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Michael Moore ‘Giddy’ About Occupy Wall Street

Nobody can say he didn’t call it, or at least call for it, as provocateur filmmaker Michael Moore explicitly declared at the end of his last documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” that he would come out from behind the camera and wait for others to join in his cause of opposing Wall Street greed before making another play for the big screen. (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



The Man Nobody Knew

The Sad, Secret Life of a Spy

A fascinating new documentary seeks to unravel the mysteries of William Colby, or, as the title would have it, “The Man Nobody Knew.”

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 READ MORE


The Obama Administration’s Changing Attitude on Medicinal Marijuana

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the politics of global warming; the ever more complicated fight to legalize marijuana; Robert Scheer’s update on the debt; the director of the new documentary “Honest Man”; and the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE



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The Obama Administration’s New Crackdown on Medicinal Marijuana

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: The politics of global warming; the ever more complicated fight to legalize marijuana; Robert Scheer’s debt update; the director of the new documentary “Honest Man,” and the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Tabloid’: Errol Morris’ Lunatic Love Story

Morris’ film has a giddy quality. But, essentially, he is trying to keep a straight face amid the chaos he is recounting. Come right down to it, what could a filmmaker add to this story by striking attitudes toward the events he recounts?

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Animal Harm

We have witnessed, in this film, a prolonged study in animal abuse. I think Terrace is the worst kind of sadist—the unknowing kind—and I think this very good film provides a record of “science” at its most useless.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE


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