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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



Courtesy of Noujaim Films

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



AP / Mark Lennihan

The Myth of The New York Times, in Documentary Form

The documentary film “Page One: Inside the New York Times” is an infomercial for The New York Times. It says nothing about the internal dynamics of the institution. It fails to portray the titular Page 1 process.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Hackers Punish PBS for ‘Less Than Impressive’ WikiLeaks Show

“Less than impressed” with “Frontline’s” “WikiSecrets” episode, a hacker or group of hackers called LulzSec hijacked the PBS.org website late Sunday night, posting, among other things, a fake news story claiming Tupac Shakur is alive and living in New Zealand. If you caught “WikiSecrets,” you might sympathize with the crusading hacker(s). (more)

Posted on May 30, 2011 READ MORE



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Haute Love, High Fashion

Bergé admits that his own nature was controlling, and he makes no apology for it. Indeed, he makes no apology for anything in his life. And therein lies something of a mystery. We are not allowed to imagine what Saint Laurent saw in this man—except an enabler.

Posted on May 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Herzog Lights Up ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’

What I’m saying is that Herzog is a director whose work is never to be missed, for the simple reason that he takes you places—especially in his documentaries—that no other director thinks of going.

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE


The Real Madness of March

Lowell Bergman is the rare skunk who regularly finds his way into the power elite’s garden parties. In his damning special now available on PBS’s “Frontline” website, viewers are shown the side of “amateur” athletics that’s almost never discussed inside the beery bubble of sports media.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Their ‘Perestroika’

Democracy is ever a fragile thing, especially in states that have no tradition of democratic rule and have, instead, a tradition of self-serving rule by self-appointed and often brutal elites.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 READ MORE


‘It Takes a Village to Unite the Most Divided People on Earth’

In the documentary “Budrus,” Palestinians of all stripes and Israelis work together to save a village from Israel’s security barrier.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE


‘Skateistan’ Goes to Sundance

Two years ago, we first caught wind of “Skateistan,” a project started by Australian skateboarding enthusiast Oliver Percovich with the aim of giving kids in Kabul, Afghanistan, a new outlet for fun and camaraderie, instead of war-stoked fear.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Client 9’: The Rehabilitation of Eliot Spitzer

A confession: I’ve never liked Eliot Spitzer. He has his virtues: He is relentlessly—and not stupidly—articulate. He has the right enemies, be they corporate titans or the endemically corrupt denizens of the New York legislature. He is natty in his well-cut suits (by Hickey-Freeman, as the New York Times informs us).

Posted on Nov 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Taking ‘Superman’ to School

This depiction of our nation’s teachers is typical of those who promote a particular reform agenda calling for charter schools, anti-unionism and merit pay based on high-stakes test scores. While it’s fine to promote this agenda, it’s also ethical to provide a balanced critique.

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 READ MORE


Pat and Kevin Tillman
Courtesy of the Tillman Family

Revisiting ‘After Pat’s Birthday’

In light of the release of the must-see documentary “The Tillman Story,” we reprint Kevin Tillman’s classic 2006 Truthdig piece on the death of his brother, Pat.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE


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‘The Tillman Story’: Myth, Mystery and Celebrity

Thanks to the Establishment’s truly spectacular mishandling of this case—will they never learn, you can live with screw-ups, never coverups?—Pat Tillman left the country of celebrity and entered the land of myth, innocently, even perhaps tragically.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE



Courtesy Magnolia Pictures

‘Countdown to Zero’—or Apocalypse, Whichever Comes First

“Countdown to Zero” is an intelligent, graphically sophisticated documentary film about what is almost certainly the most important issue confronting the world today—nuclear proliferation.

Posted on Jul 29, 2010 READ MORE



Man Faces Prison for Videotaping Cop

Today on the list: Why you can’t really get to know more than 150 people, why Democrats should be jealous of Greens and why a Maryland man faces 16 years in prison for shooting a video.

Posted on Jul 28, 2010 READ MORE


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‘9500 Liberty’: Documenting the Immigration Debate

The new documentary “9500 Liberty” is about the struggle over a law requiring police to question anyone they have probable cause to believe is undocumented. This premise may sound awfully familiar.

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE



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Oliver Stone Responds to New York Times Attack

“Larry Rohter attacks our film, ‘South of the Border,’ for ‘mistakes, misstatements and missing details.’ But a close examination of the details reveals that the mistakes, misstatements, and missing details are his own.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE



National Geographic Films / Tim Hetherington

Into the Valley of Death Rode the ... 15?

The documentary “Restrepo” paints an empathetic portrait of U.S. soldiers at an Afghanistan outpost, but it keeps its audience at a distance.

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE


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