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TOP PICKS

THE NEUTRAL GROUND
dir. CJ Hunt

"The Neutral Ground examines why the myths of the lost cause and a morally noble confederacy continues to be points of discussion rather than objects of ridicule."

Al Sharpton
(civil rights activist)

 

THE METAMORPHOSIS OF BIRDS
dir. Catarina Vasconcelos

"One of my favourite films from last year."

Justine Peres Smith
(Underground Programmer, Fantasia Festival)

 
NEW RELEASES
THE LATINO EXPERIENCE
Dir. Various

“The first European language spoken in the New World, including the United States, was Spanish not English. The Latino Experience film series is a cinematic testament to that often inconvenient but unavoidable historical fact and reality."
—Roberto Leal, Latin Heat
THE LONELIEST WHALE: THE SEARCH FOR 52
Dir. Joshua Zeman

"The director and his human subjects make a case for how our knowledge of the undersea mammals' behavior has altered some of our destructive practices for the better."
—Carlos Aguilar, The Wrap
 
THE PRICE OF FREEDOM
Dir. Judd Ehrlich

“Clear-eyed, compassionate and compelling, the documentary The Price of Freedom efficiently unpacks and debunks the myths it posits the National Rifle Assn. of America has deployed to further its all-guns-all-the-time agenda and foster a culture war."
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
OVER THE LIMIT
Dir. Marta Prus

"An exploration of one woman's ambition, Over the Limit goes beyond its simple narrative in its psychological questions."
Chelsea Phillips-Carr, POV Magazine
 
BOOK PICK
THE FEMALE GAZE IN DOCUMENTARY FILM - AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
By Lisa French

"The Female Gaze in Documentary Film – an International Perspective makes a timely contribution to the recent rise in interest in the status, presence, achievements and issues for women in contemporary screen industries. It examines the works, contributions and participation of female documentary directors globally. The central preoccupation of the book is to consider what might constitute a ‘female gaze’, an inquiry that has had a long history in filmmaking, film theory and women’s art. It fills a gap in the literature which to date has not substantially examined the work of female documentary directors. Moreover, research on sex, gender and the gaze has infrequently been the subject of scholarship on documentary film, particularly in comparison to narrative film or television drama. A distinctive feature of the book is that it is based on interviews with significant female documentarians from Europe, Asia and North America."
SHORT OF THE WEEK
THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL
Directed by Ben Proudfoot
 
"Lusia Harris led her team to three national
championships, scored the first basket in women’s Olympic
history and was an official draft pick in 1977."

 
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