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2010 Podcasts

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Filmmakers Rick Goldsmith and Judith Ehrlich talk about parallels between the Vietnam War and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the importance of the press and more
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Judith Ehrlich

The Oath
Filmmaker Laura Poitras talks about how she met Abu Jandal, how she handled filming such a complex and slippery character, her views on the American response to 9/11 and much more.
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Laura Poitras

In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee
Filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem talks about being haunted by an identity that was never hers, walking in someone else's shoes and whether the Cha Jung Hee that she finds is the "real" Cha Jung Hee.
Watch the Interview Online  |  Download the Video (MP4) (21 MB)

Deann Borshay Liem

Off and Running
Filmmaker Nicole Opper and producer Sharese Bullock talk about how they met Avery, how they gained the trust of her family and what advice they would give to potential adoptive parents.
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Nicole Opper

Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy
Filmmaker Stephanie Wang-Breal explains what wo ai ni means, talks about what inspired her to make the film and takes a look back at the difficult moments in Faith's transition.
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Stephanie Wang-Breal

The Edge of Dreaming
Filmmaker Amy Hardie talks about her family's reaction to her dream, her shamanic journey and the link between science and art.
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Amy Hardie

Presumed Guilty
Roberto Hernández and Layda Negrete, the filmmakers of Presumed Guilty, explain how they met their subject Toño, what turned them into "lawyers with cameras" and what their hopes are for the Mexican justice system.
Watch the Interview Online  |  Download the Video (MP4) (59 MB)

Roberto Hernandez

El General
Filmmaker Natalia Almada talks about El General, her poetic meditation on history, memory and family. The film combines audio recordings of her great grandfather, former Mexican President Plutarco Elias Calles with images of present-day Mexico.
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Natalia Almada

Good Fortune
Filmmakers Landon Van Soest and Jeremy Levine talk about Good Fortune, which focuses on two stories of international aid in Kenya where good intentions go wrong. Van Soest and Levine explain how they came to make the film, why the two characters they focused on are emblematic of their respective communities and talk about the paternalism that infuses the way Western citizens deal with the developing world.
Watch the Interview Online  |  Download the Video (MP4) (60.8 MB)

Landon Van Soest

Promised Land
Filmmaker Yoruba Richen talks about her film, Promised Land, which looks at two black communities in South Africa as they struggle to reclaim land from white owners. Richen talks about the history of South Africa, the legacy of apartheid and the key character who led her to make the film.
Watch the Interview Online  |  Download the Video (MP4) (56.5 MB)

Yoruba Richen

The Beaches of Agnès
Filmmaker Agnès Varda talks about making The Beaches of Agnès and what it was like to act in her own film. She explains her approach to filmmaking, the influence of the surrealists on her work, combining narrative elements within her documentary work, and how she came to make this film as she approached her 80th birthday.
Watch the Interview Online  |  Download the Video (MP4) (38.3 MB)

Agnes Varda

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
Filmmaker Emily and Sarah Kunstler talk about their father William Kunstler's career, the role he believed that good storytelling plays in the courtroom, and how making the film helped them to understand him better as a complicated person whose decisions they didn't always agree with growing up. They also discuss their father's legacy and how it has affected their own careers as filmmaker and lawyer/filmmaker.
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Emily and Sarah Kunstler

POV 2010 Preview
Watch a preview of the 2010 POV season. POV airs on Tuesdays at 10 p.m., June through September on PBS and features the work of the best independent documentary filmmakers from America and around the world.
Watch the Preview Online  |  Download the Video (MP4) (42.8 MB)

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