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14 Jul 2008 // 1:48 AM

China’s Stolen Children

For his remarkable documentary, filmmaker Jezza Neumann spent three and half months posing as a tourist in order to obtain undercover footage of victims, traffickers, and buyers.

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11 Jul 2008 // 8:52 AM

Generation Kill

The start of HBO's Generation Kill lays out some essential points of focus: the Kuwaiti desert is hot, the firepower is awesome, and the kids in U.S. uniforms are exactly that: kids.

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10 Jul 2008 // 1:00 AM

Flashpoint

Flashpoint is not about the crisis per se, it's not about possible terrorism or even about a crazed individual. Instead, it's about aftermath.

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POV: The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández

Much like the corrido that opens it, The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández means to remember Esequiel and the circumstances of his murder.

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The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale

Chuck Connelly's story, as recounted in The Art of Failure: Chuck Connelly Not for Sale, is at once fragmented, exasperating, and weirdly predictable.

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1 Jul 2008 // 1:00 AM

POV: Election Day

Many stories are told in Election Day, Katy Chevigny's bracing, insightful documentary on what happened four years ago.

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30 Jun 2008 // 2:00 AM

Ganja Queen

Schapelle Corby's difference and distance from her cellmates are reinforced throughout Janine Hosking's shrewd and compelling Ganja Queen.

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29 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Human Spider

The Human Spider drops into several cities alongside urban free solo climber Alain Robert, as if each stunt has been conceived at a last minute.

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25 Jun 2008 // 2:30 AM

Weeds

The fourth season of Weeds began with Agrestic burned down and Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) on the U.S.-Mexican border, aptly liminal.

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25 Jun 2008 // 2:25 AM

When I Knew

When I Knew's stories are specific, even as they all indicate the shifting ground of what it means to be gay and then out in the United States.

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POV: Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North wades into U.S. legacies of race and racism with a mixture of good will, nerve, and occasional naïveté.

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23 Jun 2008 // 1:00 AM

Hard Times at Douglass High

Absorbing and sharp, Hard Times at Douglass High offers glimpses of students and teachers in various sorts of trouble.

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Emile Norman: By His Own Design

The subject of Emile Norman: By His Own Design remains grounded, generous, and ingenious in his own practical-minded way.

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22 Jun 2008 // 4:03 AM

The Two Coreys

Watching the The Two Coreys is a bit like looking up my high school boyfriend on Facebook.

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Independent Lens: Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

Abduction tells the story of 13-year-old Megumi, who was walking home from school in Nigata, Japan, and disappeared.

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Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List is hilarious -- and the very mixed reactions to Kathy Griffin reveal how well "Hollywood" takes the heat.

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Frontline: Young & Restless in China

Young & Restless in China has a wide-ranging and mostly superficial structure -- cutting quickly between participants, narrating cursorily to set contexts, and offering brief "confessional" comments by each subject.

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17 Jun 2008 // 2:33 AM

Independent Lens: Deep Water

Deep Water tracks Donald Crowhurst's voyage over the horizon and into himself, filtered through observations by associates and family members, and amplified by his own logs.

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16 Jun 2008 // 1:56 AM

Resolved

Resolved's evolution leads to a sophisticated critique of high school debating culture as it reflects broader socioeconomic and political structures.

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Independent Lens: The Cool School

Exploring the LA art scene of the 1950s and '60s, The Cool School appreciates the love of surface -- the self-performance and artifice, the illusory forward motion and devotion to consumption -- that defines the city.

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