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Film Review: 'A Woman Captured'

For long stretches of “A Woman Captured,” Hungarian docmaker Bernadett Tuza-Ritter’s clammily harrowing, gradually hopeful debut feature, it’s hard to look past the time- and toil-ravaged face of the woman in question. 851 more words

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Film Review: 'Fatum: Room 216'

In January 2010, a 27 year-old woman by the name of Jessica Lloyd went missing from her home in the Ottawa suburb of Orleans. Her disappearance was feared to be connected to other recent crimes in the area, a fear borne out when, barely 10 days later, investigators were directed to Lloyd’s body by her self-confessed killer. 697 more words

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IDFA Film Review: 'The Dead Nation'

For anyone who’s ever riffled through a stack of old photos in a flea market and realized with absent melancholy that it’s likely many of the vividly smiling, posing subjects have since passed away, Romanian director Radu Jude’s hypnotic “The Dead Nation” is a gently uncanny, feature-length version of that experience. 704 more words

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IDFA Forum: ‘Documentary Makers Want To Go Behind The News’

AMSTERDAM — The world’s geopolitical landscape may be changing on a daily and depressing basis, but a visit to this year’s Forum suggests it’s not all doom and gloom in the world of documentary. 586 more words

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'The Other Side of Everything' Leads Winners From a Politically Charged IDFA Lineup

In a world presently riven with political conflict and polarized discord, you wouldn’t expect the world’s leading documentary festival to skimp on the tough issues, and so it proved at IDFA this year. 696 more words

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IDFA’s Shifting Perspectives Program – ‘It’s About Ownership Of Images’

AMSTERDAM – “Every day, we are bombarded by images of the Arab world: bombings, shooting, hunger and hatred…” It is this “one-sided representation” that IDFA programmers Laura Van Halsema and Isabel Arrate Fernandez, together with Syrian producer and filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia, sought to challenge when assembling Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World, a three-day symposium of sorts, in which 16 films of varying length and vintage were shown to a festival audience, usually with a lively discussion to follow. 795 more words

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Film Review: 'Of Fathers and Sons'

The family that prays together stays together, with entirely chilling consequences, in “Of Fathers and Sons,” an intrepid, cold sweat-inducing study of Jihadi radicalization in the home from celebrated Syrian docmaker Talal Derki. 763 more words

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