SCIENCE FAIR — Martha K Baker

Science Fair studies young scientists in competition. As one who never had the intellectual mettle or the mentors for a science project, I approached Science Fair, a National Geographic documentary, with traumatic stress. I came away from its lessons in tears, impressed with all those teenagers from all those countries, placing in the world of science.

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RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA – Review by Diane Carson

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda profiles this talented, humble composer. Some rare, wonderful individuals have the gift of modeling ways to approach life and persevere in the face of illness. One of those amazing people is Ryuichi Sakamoto, an award-winning Japanese musician and an environmental activist. In the documentary tribute to him, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, director Stephen Nomura Schible captures his spirit, his art, and his inspirational approach to society.

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OVER THE LIMIT — Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Marta Prus’s documentary Over the Limit about world champion Russian gymnast Margarita (Rita) Mamun has perhaps unavoidably drawn comparisons to I, Tonya, Black Swan, and even Whiplash, comparisons which – while gesticulating towards the power dynamics inherent to supposed ‘success’ in a given field – undermine one single, crucial fact: this is a real story, not a made-up one or a fictionalised retelling.

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