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Podcast #6 – The Act of Killing

No Comments 25 July 2013

The Act of KillingThis week we discuss Joshua Oppenheimer‘s The Act of Killing, now in theaters. It follows a group of gangsters in Indonesia, who were responsible for many of the killings in the anti-Communist purge of 1965-1966. Oppenheimer has given them the opportunity to make a film re-enacting the violence, a device which Daniel finds more effective than Chris. We’ll address its implications, and whether The Act of Killing really has anything new to offer. Then we address the charges that Oppenheimer did not include enough historical context, as well as Errol Morris‘s contention that documentaries should not simply be filmed versions of books.

For more on documentaries, check Christopher’s Documentary Channel Blog and follow us on Twitter at @DSWalber and @TheFilmCynic

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Chris’s interview with Joshua Oppenheimer.

Daniel’s thoughts on Hannah Arendt.

Benedict Anderson’s essay, Impunity and Reenactment: Reflections on the 1965 Massacre in Indonesia and its Legacy.

Errol Morris’s essay on the film, The Murders of Gonzago.

Watch the Films:

Where to see The Act of Killing

Camp 14: Total Control Zone on Netflix

Enemies of the People on Netflix and Amazon Instant

The Redemption of General Butt Naked on Amazon Instant

Stream War Don Don on the film’s website

 

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Podcast #5 – The Top 5 Docs of 2013 (So Far)

No Comments 18 July 2013

 

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2013 is halfway gone and we’ve already seen plenty of list-worthy documentaries. This week we each count down our top five docs of the year so far, from the highlights of the Docurama Festival to some exciting work that came out of the Toronto International Film Festival last year. On the way we discuss the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction, films we might respect rather than love, and which doc is the best “issue film” of 2013.

 

For more on documentaries, check Christopher’s Documentary Channel Blog and follow us on Twitter at @DSWalber and @TheFilmCynic

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Podcast #4 – 20 Feet from Stardom

No Comments 11 July 2013

20 Feet from Stardom

We’re back! 20 Feet from Stardom is so good that it jolted us out of our hiatus. We review the film, Morgan Neville‘s documentary music doc. Finally, we turn to some burning questions: Can movies be fun? And, should someone make a doc entirely about about backup singers. Is it better than Searching for Sugar Man? Yes. We talk about why that is, and what makes for a good saxophones in pop music?

 

 

For more on documentaries, check Christopher’s Documentary Channel Blog and follow us on Twitter at @DSWalber and @TheFilmCynic

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Watch the Docs:

Where to see 20 Feet from Stardom: http://twentyfeetfromstardom.com/dates

Standing in the Shadows of Motown: on Amazon Instant

Rejoice and Shout: on Netflix Streaming and Amazon Instant

Beware of Mr. Baker: on Amazon Instant

Hit So Hard: on Netflix Streaming


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“The Realness” is a weekly podcast about documentary film. Hosts Daniel Walber and Christopher Campbell discuss new and classic titles, genres, methods, ethics and other important topics regarding non-fiction cinema. Sometimes they’re joined by filmmakers and other figures from the documentary community.

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