SOFTIE – Review by Diane Carson

Director Sam Soko’s documentary Softie is described as a tug of war between loyalty to family or country. It presents that and so much more when Boniface Mwangi, nicknamed Softie as a physically small child, decides to run for Kenya’s Parliament. He’ll confront sadistic violence and extensive corruption by those in power amidst death threats to him and his family.

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TOTALLY UNDER CONTROL – Review by Martha K Baker

Last October, Nature set loose a terrible disease. It was named, in the scientific fashion, Covid 19, for the year it started and for “corona,” describing the virus. Alex Gibney, along with Ophelia Harutyunyan, and Suzanne Hillinger, has directed a fiery documentary blast at the handling of the pandemic in America by the Trump Administration.

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DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD – Review by April Neale

Our culture does little to alleviate anxiety about the end of life, and this documentary succeeds in allowing us to lose some of the dread and delight along with Dick Johnson as his daughter, filmmaker Kirsten Johnson, cooks up very dramatic, well-staged and crafted ways to end it all: Heart attacks, impalings, having an A/C unit fall on his head — all while Dick Johnson discusses the merits to each calamity and gives amusing post-mortems of every potential demise.

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ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY – Review by Martha K Baker

We are taught that democracy began with the Founding Fathers. It did not. Those men in knee britches granted suffrage to their fellows: White men. Men of property. 6% of the population. Over the next 200 years and change, the rest of the nation has had to fight for the vote. Directors Lisa Cortes and Liz Garbus balance newsreels and graphics with commentary to present a civics lesson worthy of studied absorption.

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DRIVEN TO ABSTRACTION – Review by Leslie Combemale

Produced, directed, and edited by Daria Price, the documentary follows one of the biggest art scandals of the last 100 years. Famed New York art gallery Knoedler, its gallery director Ann Freeman, and art dealer Ramiro Gonzales were implicated in a case where, for 15 years starting in 1994, 40 counterfeit pieces of art were sold for a total in excess of 60 million dollars.

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A THOUSAND CUTS – Review by Cate Marquis

In this documentary, journalist Maria Ressa reports on a corrupt Philippines political scenario that’s strikingly familiar, but the moment that may cause chills to run down your spine the expose that Cambridge Analytical used the Philippines as a testing ground for social media propaganda and then ported the technique to the US.

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BLESSED CHILD- review by Liz Whittemore

After leaving the Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church (the “Moonies”) more than a decade ago, Cara Jones gives us an intensely personal documentary about her life inside and out of this religious cult. This story is unique and absolutely deserves an audience. It is a captivating and extraordinarily personal documentary.

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