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The Revolutionary Optimists Filmmakers on Finding Hope in Kolkata’s Slums

Amlan Ganguly is a visionary. This lawyer-turned-community activist is not only changing a neighborhood, but also changing the way its youngest residents envision their lives. In this character-driven and highly cinematic documentary, acclaimed filmmakers Nicole Newnham (The Rape of Europa, … Continue reading

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Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady on Capturing Detroit

Detroit-area native Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady filmed Detropia with the hopes that the rest of the United States would recognize a bit of themselves in the Motor City — unemployment, the decline of manufacturing and municipalities, and the new … Continue reading

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Invisible War Director Kirby Dick on the Healing Power of Film

The Invisible War (airing May 13 on Independent Lens) could hardly be broadcasting on a more relevant week. On Tuesday, the Pentagon released a report that showed a spike in military sexual assaults. It estimated 26,000 military members were assaulted … Continue reading

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Steven of Seeking Asian Female Talks about Online Dating, “Asian Fetish,” and Relationship Advice

How would you define “asian fetish” (a.k.a., crudely, “yellow fever”)? According to Urban Dictionary, it is “a term usually applied to white males who have a clear sexual preference for women of Asian descent, although it can also be used … Continue reading

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Director Debbie Lum on Romance, “Rice Kings,” and Reluctantly Appearing in Her Film

Reality is a slippery medium. Just when a documentary filmmaker thinks she understands a story, people surprise her. Such it was for Debbie Lum. When she first started filming Seeking Asian Female, Lum hoped to dissect a cultural phenomenon that … Continue reading

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Director Marco Williams on the Making of The Undocumented

Since 1998, more than two thousand dead bodies have been found in Arizona’s Sonora Desert — the remains of “border crossers” who perished en route to the United States from Mexico. In true cinéma vérité style, The Undocumented (premiering Monday, April 29, 2013 … Continue reading

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Director Jon Shenk on His Love for the Maldives, Public Television, and Pizza

A world of change has happened since Jon Shenk filmed The Island President (airing April 22 on Independent Lens). After Shenk released the documentary in 2012, Maldivian leader Mohamed Nasheed was forced to resign and arrested twice on the campaign … Continue reading

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Filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan on the Making of Wonder Women!

Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and produced by Kelcey Edwards, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines airs Monday, April 15 at 10pm (check local listings). We recently spoke with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan about her experiences making the film, a fun and … Continue reading

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As I Am Filmmaker Alan Spearman Makes Moving Portraits in South Memphis

We sat down with Emmy award winning filmmaker Alan Spearman about his experiences in making the short film, As I Am. Continue reading

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Eugene Jarecki on Fighting the Good Fight and Taking a Closer Look at the War on Drugs

We sat down with acclaimed filmmaker Eugene Jarecki to talk with him about his penetrating look at the profound human rights implications of America’s longest war: the War on Drugs. His film, The House I Live In, premieres April 8 … Continue reading

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