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"Manuscripts" Travels; Rasoulof Can't; Iranian Filmmaker Held in Iran

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • October 2, 2013 2:46 PM
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Ever-evolving human rights violations in Iran against its filmmakers is often difficult to grasp. One moment, there appears to be liberalization and rejoicing; the next there are crackdowns and arrests. Is it clear to anyone what exactly Jafar Panahi's situation within Iran is at the moment, given that he has continued to make movies when he's been banned from doing so? His compatriot, Mohammad Rasoulof, who was arrested around the same time, has always appeared to be in a better position with the authorities, but recent news to the contrary suggests he is facing a pushback from the new Iranian regime.

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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Homeland Security Interrogates and Harasses Oscar-Nominee Laura Poitras During Making of New Doc

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • April 9, 2012 10:00 AM
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Laura Poitras, the Oscar-nominated director of "My Country, My Country" and "The Oath," has suffered extreme harrassment at the hands of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Customs and Border Control (CBC) while making a new film on America's "War on Terror," according to a must-read report in Salon.com.

"Scenes of a Crime": Unjust Verdict Upheld as Doc Winner Hits Theaters

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • March 26, 2012 2:23 PM
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Adrian Thomas, the man at the center of the award-winning documentary "Scenes of a Crime" (Filmmaker Magazine's Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You, Grand Jury Prize Winner at Full Frame and DOC NYC), has not been granted an appeal, a state court has ruled, according to reports. The compelling documentary, which opens in New York on Friday, offers a strong case for Thomas' innocence and striking scientific evidence that suggests Thomas was wrongly convicted and a confession was coerced by police.

New Round of Death Penalty Docs Seek to Raise Awareness, Completion Funds

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • December 5, 2011 10:05 AM
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Time may not have run out for Kirk Bloodsworth, who was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder and spent 9 years in prison, two of which he faced execution. DNA evidence exonerated him. But time is running out for "Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man," Gregory Bayne's documentary portrait of the man (pictured) and his story of criminal injustice: If the project doesn't raise another $3,000 on Kickstarter by 5pm today, it will lose the $22,000 it has already raised.

Can FilmAid Make the World a Better Place?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 11, 2011 8:27 AM
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Can movies make the world a better place? Yes, they can! The folks at FilmAid International, a humanitarian organization that harnesses the power of film to help refugees the world over, has been doing just that: offering screenings of educational films and entertaining indies and documentaries to refugee camps, and empowering locals to make their own movies.

Herzog's Death Penalty Doc "Into the Abyss" Gets Rave Reviews

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 10, 2011 7:56 PM
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Much has already been written about "Into the Abyss," Werner Herzog's humanistic gaze into the dark heart of capital punishment in a Texas town. But let me join in the chorus of effusive praise.

Makhmalbafs, Ghobadi, Shirin Neshat Call for Iran Film Boycott; Sanction Industry Officials

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • October 18, 2011 12:34 PM
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Polanski's "Carnage" Charts Divisive Politics; Slams Both Liberals, Conservatives

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • October 2, 2011 1:21 AM
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Torture Docs Redux: "You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Gitmo"

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • September 28, 2011 1:29 AM
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