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On Animal Empathy: Viktor Kossakovsky’s Gunda Reviewed by Conor Williams
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An elegant portrait of a mother pig.

On Animal Empathy: Viktor Kossakovsky’s Gunda Reviewed by Conor Williams
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An elegant portrait of a mother pig.

Masculine Feminine: Garin Nugroho Interviewed by Ivan Talijancic
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Cinematic portraits of the Indonesian lengger dancer and choreographer, Rianto.

The Ross Brothers by RaMell Ross
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The filmmakers question the conventions of documentation with work that seeks transparency and authenticity outside of the fiction–nonfiction dichotomy.

As If Art Suspends the World: Simone Manetti’s I’m in Love with Pippa Bacca Reviewed by Jillian McManemin
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On the murder of a performance artist set out to heal a war-torn world.

Vivian Vázquez Irizarry and Gretchen Hildebran’s Decade of Fire by Roya Marsh
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Decade of Fire is a remarkable tale of the Bronx’s rise from ash, standing to set the record straight about the fires that ravaged the borough in the late ’60s and ’70s.

A Surreptitious Form of Activism: Michelle Handelman Interviewed by Jane Ursula Harris
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The filmmaker on her 1995 film BloodSisters documenting San Francisco’s leather-dyke scene.

Disorderly Glory: Joyce García’s Yo No Soy Guapo by Max Pearl
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Mexico City’s sonidero scene finally gets the documentary it deserves.

Tania Cypriano by Amy Jenkins
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Cypriano’s documentary Born to Be follows the profound journeys of several patients and doctors at the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery.

To Be With Time: Varda by Agnès Reviewed by Amy Chabassier
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A final, reflexive work from the godmother of the French New Wave.

Living Matter by Claire Atherton
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I never made a decision to become a film editor—or, in any case, I didn’t decide upon it at a young age and follow a single career path.

Nanfu Wang by Hao Wu
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The two Chinese-born filmmakers reflect on Wang’s new documentary One Child Nation and her unique approach to blending the personal and political.

Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam’s The Sweet Requiem by Sabine Russ
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A film about departures, the kind without return.

Kazuo Hara by Ken Jacobs
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The pioneering filmmakers discuss morality and dissent in Hara’s highly subjective documentaries: “It takes a toll to discover what binds your heart to the subject.”

Native Sand: Yeo Siew Hua Interviewed by Sihan Tan
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The Singaporean filmmaker on migrant labor; visitations; and his recent work, A Land Imagined.

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.

A Sense of Place: William Ferris Interviewed by Michael Blair
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The artist and documentarian on capturing the vernacular South. 

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.

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.

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.

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