THE ARC OF OBLIVION – Review by Diane Carson

Director Ian Cheney presents his far-ranging examination of memory and the pursuit of permanence in an entertaining, idiosyncratic documentary. He decides to build an ark in a field at parents’ rural Maine home. But as quirky as this sounds, and it is, complete with video monitors in the ark for interviews, Cheney also speaks with serious scientists and visits significant archival repositories. He examines the emotional and physical challenges of collecting, interpreting, and preserving nothing less than our personal and communal history. From exploration of tree rings to limestone sediment, diaries to music as a memory aid, ceramic tile storage to African-American cemeteries, Cheney recognizes the myriad ways individuals attempt to understand and cope with impermanence.

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THE MANDALORIAN – Review by Susan Granger

The second season of Jon Favreau’s blockbuster live-action Disney+ series, a sci-fi spin-off from George Lucas’ Star Wars, is set five years after Return of the Jedi – meaning the Empire has fallen and the New Republic is in its ascendancy – this intergalactic adventure revolves around the mysterious, perpetually helmeted bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), an orphan who was rescued and raised by Mandalorian warriors.

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NOMAD: IN THE STEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Using Chatwin’s heralded books and obsession with nomadic cultures as a guide, Herzog and his crew journey from the rugged wilds of South America’s southern tip to the lushly verdant Black Mountains of Wales to the harshly beautiful Australian outback, interviewing fellow explorers, Chatwin biographers and his widow along the way.

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NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN – Review by Liz Braun

You can see why Werner Herzog and Bruce Chatwin would be fast friends, given their shared fascination with all things weird and wonderful about this planet. Nomad: In The Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin is Herzog’s new documentary about his dear friend Chatwin — bon vivant, traveller and prolific author. The film is an homage to friendship, travel and the art of storytelling and it’s as much about the filmmaker as it is about Chatwin; what a bonus.

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