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‘3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets’: Loss and Resolve in the Jordan Davis Murder

Three years ago, Jordan Davis was shot and killed at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 17 years old. The man who shot him

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It Looks Like Most Rock Docs and Feels Like Most Rock Docs—It’s ‘I Am Thor’

He’s a tank that keeps on plowing through the fields in the face of opposing forces, and it’s somehow admirable and inspirational that he hasn’t given up.

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‘Mimi and Dona’: Sunshine in Our Sorrow

At once hopeful and harrowing, Mimi and Dona looks at situations common in many families, situations concerning aging parents and children who need them.

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‘Democrats’: Ruffians, Pretenders, and Outcomes

Camilla Neilsson's brilliant Democrats follows the writing of Zimbabwe's first constitution over three years.

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‘Toto and His Sisters’ Discover Community and Compassion Through Filmmaking

In Toto and His Sisters, as the children engage in the filmmaking process, as they share their lives with one another and with Nanău and with you, their possibilities loom larger than their losses.

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‘Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery’ Almost Hits the Mark

This isn't an failure but it's not an unqualified success. Its greatest triumph is that it encourages to look beyond its own frames, whether it means to or not.

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DOC NYC 2015: ‘Left on Purpose’ + ‘Missing People’

These two films at DOC NYC look at loss and memory, trauma and generosity.

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DOC NYC 2015: ‘Where to Invade Next’

Where to Invade Next adopts an anthology approach to solving America’s problems. Michael Moore's solutions are simplistic, but the underlying malaise they highlight is disturbing.

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‘In Jackson Heights’ Depicts Modern Immigration and Life in the Crosshairs of Gentrification

Frederick Wiseman’s immersive portrait of this immigrant neighborhood doesn’t just celebrate the melting pot, it shows that the dream is vulnerable, too.

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‘Marwencol’ Is a Powerful Story About Art and Recovery

This documentary about self-imagining and storytelling reflects the intricate, ever shifting ways that we all understand ourselves, the worlds inside and around us.

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‘All Things Must Pass’ Chronicles the Rise and Fall of the Music Supermarket

In Colin Hanks’ admiring and tragic corporate biography, Tower Records wasn’t just a rock 'n' roll mecca, but a family operation that got high on its own supply.

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A Look Back at the Only Lynyrd Skynyrd That Matters

A sometimes eerie and often revealing examination of Lynyrd Skynyrd's initial run and the unfortunate events that sealed the band's place in history forever.

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‘Romeo is Bleeding’ Makes Art Out of Trauma

Romeo is Bleeding makes clear that life in Richmond, California is dire, that options are limited. However, life here also produces poetry.

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Laurie Anderson’s Reflection on Life and Death, Love and Art

Heart of a Dog reveals the gorgeous and difficult and sometimes creepy thing about stories; they mix truth and fiction, they reveal and refract.

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‘India’s Daughter’ Traces Atrocity That Became a Tipping Point

Though it lasts only 63 minutes, this documentary's impact is devastating.

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“It sort of evolved”: An Interview with Unplanned America’s Pawel “Parv” Jarecki

Parv Jarecki explains how a dodgy car, no money, and a surprising amount of helpful strangers allowed three friends to create a rich series exploring America’s subcultures.

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On the Sameness and Difference of ‘Warhol & Mapplethorpe’

This new museum book highlights the challenge of housing two giants under one roof, with mixed results.

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Jobs and His iPhone Are Ideal Objects for Study in ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’

As it investigates the contradictions Steve Jobs embodied, this film also contemplates how Jobs and Apple continue to transform the "whole planet".

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The Complex Man Behind “Uncle Walt”

The rise (and rise) of Walt Disney, from starving artist to visionary filmmaker to union-busting studio boss to family-entertainment tycoon.

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For a Book on Technology, Sven Birkerts’ ‘Changing the Subject’ Is Surprisingly Personal

The honesty, lyricism, and thoughtfulness make Changing the Subject a pleasure to read.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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