Category Archives: Film

On VOD: KARL MARX CITY

New to OVID.tv last week:
KARL MARX CITY

Directors:
Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker

Premiere:
Toronto 2016

Select Festivals:
New York, Chicago, Stockholm, Palm Springs, Guadalajara, CPH:DOX, Movies That Matter, Indielisboa, Docaviv, Durban

About:
A personal exploration of the legacy of the East German surveillance state.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: SHOOTING THE MAFIA

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24:
SHOOTING THE MAFIA

Director:
Kim Longinotto

World Premiere:
Sundance 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Berlin, CPH:DOX, Docs Against Gravity, Biografilm, London, Vilnius, Zurich

About:
A portrait of an acclaimed Sicilian photographer and her lifetime bravely bearing witness to the Mafia’s crimes.

I profiled the doc before Sundance here.

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On TV: THE RESCUE LIST

Coming to PBS’s POV this coming Monday, March 23:
THE RESCUE LIST

Directors:
Alyssa Fedele and Zachary Fink

World Premiere:
Full Frame 2018

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, San Francisco, Heartland, Big Sky, BendFilm, DocLands, Denver, Sebastopol Doc

About:
Ghanaian activists are on a mission rescue and rehabilitate victims of a child-slavery industry.

The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read:
Surrounding Ghana’s Lake Volta – the largest man-made lake on Earth – is an active child-slavery industry. Sold by desperate families and abused by fishing masters, some 20,000 children work in perilous conditions. Activists like Stephen Kwame Addo, who escaped from such a fate himself, work to rescue as many children as possible and rehabilitate them before attempting to reunite them with their families. This ultimately hopeful film intimately documents the experiences of three boys as they make the transition back to normal life after their harrowing ordeal.

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On VOD: HUMAN NATURE

Coming to VOD tomorrow, Friday, March 20:
HUMAN NATURE

Director:
Adam Bolt

World Premiere:
SXSW 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Hot Docs, Full Frame, AFI Docs, CPH:DOX

About:
An exploration of the potential implications of a major DNA technology.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On TV: AFTER TRUTH: DISINFORMATION AND THE COST OF FAKE NEWS

Coming to HBO tomorrow night, Thursday, March 19:
AFTER TRUTH: DISINFORMATION AND THE COST OF FAKE NEWS

Director:
Andrew Rossi

World Premiere:
SXSW 2020 (festival cancelled)

About:
An investigation into the development, dissemination, and impact of conspiracy theories and fake news.

Today’s social media-focused world of TL;DR insta-news has enabled the rapid weaponizing of rumor, conspiracy, and outright lies in the form of disinformation campaigns disguised as fact. The current US presidential administration has done possibly irreparable harm to the trust and respect traditionally afforded to the legitimate press, taking a play out of dictatorial playbooks by labeling any media entity that dares to be critical as “fake news.” This egregious co-opting of the term and its application not to actual purveyors of falsehoods but instead to actual journalism further complicates the general public’s ability to address the phenomenon clearly. Filmmaker Andrew Rossi cogently takes on this complex landscape, delving into a handful of stories – chiefly Pizzagate, the Seth Rich “assassination,” and the Jade Helm/Bastrop TX conspiracy, among others – and tracing how these events unfolded, exploring who perpetrates the falsehoods both knowingly and unknowingly, and revealing how the victims continue to suffer the consequences. Most revealing, the film follows notorious pro-Trump disinformation peddlers Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl behind the scenes as they bungle a press conference baselessly accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of sexual misconduct, clearly demonstrating their reprehensible tactics.

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On DVD: THE POISON SQUAD

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, March 17:
THE POISON SQUAD

Director:
John Maggio

World Premiere:
American Experience (February 2020)

About:
A government chemist goes on a crusade to eliminate untested chemicals from American foods.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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On DVD: CELEBRATION

Coming to DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17:
CELEBRATION

Director:
Olivier Meyrou

World Premiere:
Berlin 2007

Select Festivals:
IDFA, True/False, Docs Against Gravity, Seattle, Vilnius

About:
A long-unreleased look at Yves Saint-Laurent at the end of his career.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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