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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.”

The Otolith Group’s O Horizon by Rahel Aima
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In the molten golden hour, a row of Santhal tribeswomen dance in an open field. Arms interlocked, they bounce as one centipedal body to the beat of a dhol, cymbals, and a purring bamboo flute. The musicians wear flowers in their turbans, while the dancers don expressionless metallic masks that impart an otherworldly timbre to the pastoral scene.

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.

Migrant World: On Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow by T. J. Demos
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Examining the politics of representation. 

Joshua Bonnetta & J.P. Sniadecki’s El Mar La Mar by Matt Turner
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An experimental documentary on border crossing, less about that place than what it represents.

Looking Back on 2017: Film & Television
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Featuring selections by Jaime Manrique, David Grubbs, Molly Surno, Lynn Melnick, Lucio Pozzi, and more.

Dalya’s Other Country: Julia Meltzer Interviewed by Alaa Hassan
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A story of immigration and integration.

Collective Enthusiasm: An Interview with Agnès Varda & JR by Gary M. Kramer
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“We never thought, ‘We have to give them dignity.’ We thought we have to give them empathy.”

Eduardo Coutinho’s Man Marked For Death/ Twenty Years Later by Will Noah
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In the early 1960s, Eduardo Coutinho began shooting a film about the murder of Brazilian trade unionist João Pedro Teixeira.

Cannibal Corpus: The Films of Joaquim Pedro de Andrade by Jon Dieringer
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Cinema Novo, Tropicália, and the tradition of Brazilian literary modernism

Invisible Labors: Rahul Jain’s Machines by Kanishka Raja
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A documentary on the brutality behind India’s textile factories.

Filming the Unspeakable: The Cinema of Yvonne Rainer by Dana Reinoos
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Radical feminist films from the legendary choreographer, artist, and dancer

Use the Reality: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Endless Poetry by Alex Zafiris
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The filmmaker speaks about his self-portrait as a young poet

Laura Poitras’s Risk by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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Over the course of six years, filmmaker Laura Poitras had unparalleled access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his closest confidantes. What she captured became Risk, the follow-up to her Oscar-winning Edward Snowden exposé, Citizenfour (2014).

The Enigma of Julian Assange by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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Risk, a new documentary by Laura Poitras, follows the Wikileaks founder as public perception sours.

Kevin Jerome Everson by Jordan Cronk
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“I don’t make films for the audience, I make them for the subjects, and I try to position those subjects and the camera so that there’s a element of generosity between the two.”

The Human Surge by Danielle Burgos
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Eduardo Williams’s debut feature takes us around the world on an ethnographic tour of labor, leisure, and logins.

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