Workingman’s Death Film Review

By Sebastian Peris Based on a simple description of the film alone, it is easy to assume there are those who would find little interest in Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger’s documentary Workingman’s Death. A film that takes an observational approach to exploring the conditions of some of the least desirable jobs in the world, without  more »

Workingman’s Death: Exploring the Power of the Image

By Alison Cohen Workingman’s Death (2005) is a beautifully engaging, yet almost silent, documentary by Michael Glawogger that explores the underpaid hard labors that still exist in today’s world. This Austrian-German film is divided into 6 different parts in which Glawogger studies the daily lives of the coal-miners in Ukraine, the Indonesian sulfur-extractors, the Nigerian  more »

The Act of Killing: Compelling How?

By Miia Piironen It’s not often I disagree with the consensus on such a successful and widely acclaimed film, even rarer a documentary. I was entirely aware of what Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing (2013) depicted and I fully expected to appreciate the experience. I did not, and I still feel like a very jaded  more »

The Act of Killing: A Film Review

By Cinzia Sekeres The Act of Killing (2012) directed by Joshua Oppenheimer will leave an audience feeling heavy and appalled at how far humanity can go. The documentary shows an uncomfortable and distorted point of view of two men who took part in the murders of a million people in Indonesia in 1965. The idea that  more »

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THE ACT OF KILLING – La reconstitution de l’acte du meurtre

By Émile Tremblay The Act of Killing est le genre de documentaire qui fait naître les débats qu’en lisant le synopsis et, par conséquent, brouille les limites du documentaire avant même qu’on l’ait visionné. Tout commence après que les cinéastes eurent convaincu des meurtriers de recréer et de dramatiser pour la caméra les scènes d’un large  more »

Alternative Aids Media – ‘Testing the Limits of Production and Process’

Alexandra Juhasz’s “So Many Alternatives – The Alternative Aids Video Movement” chronicles the work and brief history of the New York aids video community from 1987 onwards. She identifies various groups including, Testing the Limits, comprised of members of ACT UP (Aids Coalition to Unleash Power) and advocates for Aids, homophobia and gay rights in the NY community. Juhasz documents further  more »

Alternative vs. Mainstream production: AIDS video movement

Activists rely on alternative media forms because they allow their producers to freely document social issues independently with whatever medium they choose without the restraints mainstream media institutions put upon them in order for their content to be aired or published. Although this arrangement sounds ideal for independent producers, their desire to reach a mass  more »

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Independent Documentary Film The Pirate Bay: Away From Key Board

The Pirate Bay: Away From Key Board is an independent documentary film following the criminal prosecution, yet seemingly political persecution of The Pirate Bay co-founders Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neij, and Peter Sunde for the crime of ‘advancing technology’. The BitTorrent download site has become the world’s largest file sharing location since the mid-2000s.  There  more »

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Alt. Documentary Media: An Analysis of “The House I Live In”

As a deeply personal and provoking documentary, Eugene Jarecki’s The House I Live In critically explores the roles that government actors, political legislation, race, and class play in the construction of “The War on Drugs”. Proposed in 1971 by President Richard Nixon, The War on Drugs was designed to address the illicit drug industry as  more »

Occupy. Resist. Produce. Reviewing the Success of Argentina’s Recovered Factories Movement

For Argentina, the end of 2001 will be remembered as one of the worst periods of personal, economic and political crisis that the country has experienced in recent history. Argentina’s declining GDP, lack of governmental authority, and the devaluation of the Argentine peso lead to many companies shutting down factories across the nation. Many Argentines  more »

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