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Watching and Reading: Week of December 20, 2007

WATCHING Afropop TV A thrilling compilation of films on African life and culture. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars released on DVD. Good stocking stuffer. An Unreasonable Man Doc about crusader Ralph Nader on PBS’s Independent Lens Tuesday night. Indie Lens Short Film FestivalEclectic mix of stories and storytelling 18 in ’08 Nonpartisan doc and movement

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Watching and Reading: Week of December 14, 2007

WATCHING Indie Lens Short Film Festival An eclectic mix of stories and storytelling with this batch of winning shorts. View. Vote. Download. 18 in ’08 Nonpartisan doc and movement targeting today’s 17- to 24-year-olds, many of whom will be voting in their first presidential election in 2008. Watch trailer. Frederick Wiseman Many of Wiseman’s documentaries

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‘Wrestling with Angels’ Review Roundup

The early reviews for tonight’s broadcast of Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner are in. The Hollywood Reporter calls the film a “spellbinding look at Kushner as it catches him at work, with his family and out at the podium speaking about political problems he sees in this country.” The Denver Post‘s Joanne Ostrow notes,

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Filmmaker Freida Lee Mock and Playwright Tony Kushner on ‘Talk of the Nation’ Today

For those of you who sometimes tune into NPR during your workday, today’s Talk of the Nation will feature POV filmmaker Freida Lee Mock and playwright Tony Kushner. They’ll be talking about Mock’s documentary film, Wrestling with Angels, at approximately 3:40 PM ET. Wrestling with Angels premieres on POV tomorrow night at 9 PM on

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‘Freakonomics’ Documentary in the Works

According to Variety, the best-selling book, Freakonomics, is being adapted into a documentary that will begin shooting in January for release next summer. POV alums Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Boys of Baraka, POV 2006), Laura Poitras (My Country, My Country, POV 2006), and noted filmmakers Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Alex Gibney (Enron: The

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Watching and Reading: Week of November 26, 2007

Each week, we’ll highlight links from the “Watching” and “Reading” sidebars on the right side of the page. WATCHING Michael Moore’s Sicko named Best Documentary at the 17th annual Gotham Awards on Tuesday night. The Webby Awards name 12 “most influential online videos of all time.” Watch daily reports from the International Documentary Film Festival

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