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Life Before Death: John Bruce and Pawel Wojtasik Interviewed by Nicholas Elliott
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The filmmakers take an unexpected approach to documenting people in the final stage of life.

Witchcraft and Waterfalls: Nietzchka Keene’s The Juniper Tree by Dana Reinoos
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A forgotten feminist fairy tale and Björk’s big-screen debut, The Juniper Tree, returns.

Issue #147: Rest in Paradise, Jonas Mekas by Marianne Shaneen
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A Sense of Place: William Ferris Interviewed by Michael Blair
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The artist and documentarian on capturing the vernacular South. 

Mary Lucier by Alex Klein
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Notions of ecological precarity and technological mediation enfold in the degraded landscape; the video artist surveys her decades of prescient and pressing work.

That You Have the Body: Alix Lambert Interviewed by Signe Swanson
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The filmmaker and photographer discusses the return to her work on Russia’s inmates.

Issue #147: El Cine Quema: The Films of Raymundo Gleyzer by Will Noah
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The insurgent Argentine documentarian’s retrospective screens at Anthology Film Archives from February 22 through 28. 

Confusing and Accurate and Deadpan: Trevor Shimizu Interviewed by C. Spencer Yeh
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The New York-based painter and video artist on the tragicomic nature of wannabes and scenesters.

Twenty-First-Century Poem: Fabrice Aragno Interviewed by Steve Macfarlane
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Jean-Luc Godard’s editor sits down to discuss their latest collaboration, The Image Book.

Jeff Whetstone’s The Batture Ritual by Ratik Asokan
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Invited to examine the human geography of lower Louisiana for the 2017 Prospect New Orleans triennial, Jeff Whetstone set off for the batture, a patch of land that separates the Mississippi from the city’s levee. 

Black Line, Mixed Signals, and Île d’Ouessant by Jordan Cronk
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From Andrei Tarkovsky to Lucrecia Martel, Peter Hutton to Nathaniel Dorsky, entire aesthetic philosophies, genres, and approaches to filmmaking have been rooted in the elements. 

Looking Back: BOMB Contributors on Film in 2018
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Featuring selections by Sasha Bonét, Lisa Borst, Nicholas Elliott, Mark Harwood, and more.

Evocation of a Common Language: Alice Rohrwacher Interviewed by Daniella Shreir
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The Italian filmmaker on community, verisimilitude, and her latest film, Happy as Lazzaro.

J.P. Sniadecki by Nicolás Pereda
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On occasion of Sniadecki’s current project, A Shape of Things to Come, the two filmmakers trade insights on “sensorial cinema” and working with reclusive desert-dwelling subjects.

In a Dark Time the Eye Begins to See: Michelle Memran Interviewed by Alix Lambert
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The director of The Rest I Make Up reflects on the life and companionship of María Irene Fornés.

The Treatment Sounded So Cinematic: Lana Wilson Interviewed by Penny Lane
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The two filmmakers probe the ethics and surprise of documentary.

Resisting Exploitation: Sky Hopinka Interviewed by Osman Can Yerebakan
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Films that combine documentary and poetics.

The Films of Emile de Antonio by Michael Blair
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Huddled in front of a suite of bulletin boards filled with military charts, folding his fingers over papers as if they were slices of pizza, licking his lips, jowls quivering—this is Senator Joseph McCarthy as he appeared live on ABC in 1954 as part of the 36-day, 188-hour televised extravaganza that would come to be known as the Army-McCarthy Hearings. He’s berating a colonel, insinuating that “phony charts” have been submitted to the floor of the Senate. “The television audience,” he yells, “they are the jury in this case.”

Stephen Maing’s Crime + Punishment by Stephanie E. Goodalle
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In the aftermath of Eric Garner’s murder, a Black protester shouts at a group of cops, “Black officers, Puerto Rican officers, nobody likes you! Nobody. You are hated. You’re hated in New York and throughout the United States. This isn’t ignorance. This is anger, officer!” This scene from Stephen Maing’s character-driven documentary Crime + Punishment is another testimony to the rampant racial inequity in the United States.

Leigh Ledare’s The Task by Steve Macfarlane
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At the risk of using a common critical canard: Leigh Ledare’s The Task is “a movie for anyone who” has ever been paralyzed with resentment when told they need to check their privilege—but then, maybe it’s for those whose disabusement has yet to begin.

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