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"Informant": How Brandon Darby Went from Anarchist to F.B.I. Stool-pigeon

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • September 12, 2013 10:43 AM
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One of the best political documentaries last year, "Better This World" examines the government's crackdowns on civil disobedience, the ubiquity of surveillance and the injustice of our justice system. One of the most compelling characters in that taut, tense story of two boyhood friends who go from political neophytes to would-be domestic terrorists, accused of planning violent acts at the 2008 G.O.P. Convention, was Brandon Darby, the anarchist activist turned F.B.I. informant who may have helped instigate the very crimes the young men were convicted of. In a worthy quasi-sequel to "Better this World," Jamie Meltzer's "Informant"--which opens in NYC this week--presents the story from Darby's perspective, offering his own personal, paranoid justifications for his actions.

My Best and Worst from Toronto 2013

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • September 11, 2013 9:31 AM
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Is "12 Years A Slave" Too Brutal for Oscar?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • September 7, 2013 8:28 AM
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