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Leftwing Doc-Makers No Longer Easy On Obama

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • January 28, 2013 1:47 PM
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Are progressive documentary filmmakers finished with giving Barack Obama a free pass?

The Best and Worst of Sundance 2013

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • January 24, 2013 11:15 AM
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It was a pretty good year for American independent cinema in Park City.

Behrouz Ghobadi, brother of Bahman Ghobadi, Released from Prison

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • January 22, 2013 8:51 PM
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Kurdish Iranian filmmaker Behrouz Ghobadi – a younger brother of internationally acclaimed film director Bahman Ghobadi (Rhino Season) – has been freed from prison in Iran, according to Amnesty International. Since his arrest on November 4, Behrouz Ghobadi was held in an undisclosed location and unable to talk to anyone. His lawyer and members of his family were repeatedly refused in requests to see him.

For Late-term Abortion Doc "After Tiller," Sundance Increases Security

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • January 18, 2013 4:33 PM
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In Tale of Migrants, Gael Garcia Bernal Traces Path of "Dayani Crystal"

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • January 18, 2013 12:16 PM
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Of the many issue-oriented docs at Sundance this year, the first day's screenings brought the world premiere of "Who is Dayani Crystal," a well-crafted documentary about the plight of Latin American migrants. Produced and featuring Mexican star Gael Garcia Bernal, I was initially suspicious about his role in the documentary. But as the film unfolded, I found the actor's easygoing presence to be a helpful guide into the lives of the thousands who make the often ill-fated journey to cross into the United States each year.

With Oscar Nom, Will Palestinian Doc "5 Broken Cameras" Enter Mainstream Debate?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • January 10, 2013 11:08 AM
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I've been advocating on behalf of "5 Broken Cameras," Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's engrossing and intimate doc chronicle of Burnat and his village's struggles for self-determination in Occupied Palestine, for nearly a year now. I first wrote about in March, then championed it again on my year-end lists, and am sincerely excited to see the film nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, just one day after it won the best doc prize from the Cinema Eye Honors. I don't think "5 Broken Cameras" will win an Academy Award, but will its nomination vaunt this important film into the wider cultural conversation?

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