MEMORIES OF MURDER – Review by Diane Carson

Writer/director Yung Chang’s documentary is, the title notwithstanding, a terrific movie. It profiles multi-award-winning, veteran journalist Robert Fisk who has covered the Middle East for forty years. His political and cultural knowledge is formidable, distinguishing his astute, often challenging interpretation of events.

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THE WAY I SEE IT – Review by Martha K Baker

Long before Pete Souza became the Official White House photographer for President Barak Obama, he served in the same capacity for President Ronald Reagan. The two jobs and the two Presidents were very different. Souza responded in kind. For Pres. Obama, Souza had top-secret clearance plus total access to the President.

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ON THE RECORD – Review by Martha K Baker

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, who co-directed the searing documentary, The Hunting Ground, about serial rapes on college campuses, have directed another outstanding wedge film. “On the Record” reveals the story principally of one woman’s accusation of rape against the Godfather of Hip-Hop, Russell Simmons (he claims her charges, and other women’s, are false).

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WINE CRUSH (VAS-Y COUPE!) – Review by Carol Cling

In vino veritas — in wine, there is truth — has been a common Latin proverb for at least a millennium. (Just ask Pliny the Elder.) But Wine Crush expands the proverb to in vino verite, thanks to its cinema verite exploration of harvest season in France’s Champagne region. Wine Crush provides a detailed deep dive into the winemaking process.

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THE REASON I JUMP – Review by Lois Alter Mark

This beautiful, sensitive documentary is based on the groundbreaking book of the same name, which was written by Naoki Higashida when he was 13 years old. It is astonishing for so many reasons, not the least of which is the unique, inside perspective it offers of what’s it like to live with autism. The fact that it was written at all proved that so much of what the public assumed about people with autism – that their issues are cognitive, that they can’t express themselves, that they don’t see beyond their own, internal world – was just plain wrong.

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FLY LIKE A GIRL – Review by April Neale

Misogyny and misconceptions about women abound in every walk of life, especially in the field of aviation. Societal stigma and educational gaps for women and men are part of the percolating conversation in filmmaker Katie McEntire Wiatt’s informative documentary, Fly Like A Girl. The film’s message is clear, do not be afraid to be the first or let someone else put an idea in your head that prevents you from exploring all your options in this life. And for that encouragement, this film soars above the pack.

And for that encouragement, this film soars above the pack.

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Rick Rowley talks KINGDOM OF SILENCE and Revealing Hidden Truths – Nell Minow Interviews

Kingdom of Silence is a new documentary about the relationship of the United States and Saudi Arabia. It is a powerful film with two unforgettably shattering scenes. In one, we see the transcript of the cold-blooded murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the killers sounding like Mafia hit men. Director Rick Rowley talks about telling this complicated and murky politically entrenched story and what his top priority would be for whomever wins the Presidential election on November 3.

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RESISTERHOOD – Review by Carol Cling

I haven’t played — or even thought about — anagrams for decades. Until Resisterhood’s title reminded me that “sister” and “resist” share the same letters. But the subject matter of this new documentary is no game. It’s a call to action for those opposed to, and hoping to end, Donald Trump’s presidency in 2020 — even as the truths we’ve always held to be self-evident seem more vulnerable by the day..

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THE WAY I SEE IT – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Featuring interviews with Souza’s family, former cohorts in both administrations and historians, the film, like its subject, argues fiercely that Trump lacks the character, empathy and leadership for the role of president, warning voters that the president is a real person and that choosing one as a means to the end results in Americans getting the kind of bad leaders they deserve.

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