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Current Topic: Documentary

This American Life | Come Back to Afghanistan
Topic: Documentary 12:52 am EST, Nov 14, 2005

I heard a good chunk of this in the car today. It was one of those sitting-in-the-parking-lot moments where you just can't turn off the radio. You may want to start out with part 1, instead.

In January, 2002, the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, spoke at Georgetown University. There he urged Afghan-Americans, especially young ones, to move back to Afghanistan.

It's possible that the very first teenager to heed his invitation was Hyder Akbar, seventeen, from Concord, California. In the summer of 2002, he travelled with his father to live in their home country.

As luck would have it, he met a radio producer named Susan Burton before he left, and she gave him a tape recorder to take along. This show is devoted to his extraordinary recordings.

This American Life | Come Back to Afghanistan

A Filthy Theme And Variations
Topic: Documentary 12:20 pm EDT, Aug 14, 2005

"The Aristocrats" is -- how shall I put it? -- an essay film, a work of painstaking and penetrating scholarship, and, as such, one of the most original and rigorous pieces of criticism in any medium I have encountered in quite some time.

Perhaps I should add that "The Aristocrats" is also possibly the filthiest, vilest, most extravagantly obscene documentary ever made.

A Filthy Theme And Variations

Nonfiction Is Flavor of Moment for Films
Topic: Documentary 9:34 am EDT, May 25, 2005

Digital technology has made filmmaking so cheap and easy that now almost anyone can point a camera at a difficult father or a wicked stepmother and call it a movie. And more of them are making it into theaters.

Nonfiction Is Flavor of Moment for Films

Boston at the Movies: First Films of the City 1901-1905
Topic: Documentary 2:12 pm EDT, Apr  9, 2005

Persons who have visited the "Hub," no doubt carried away with vivid recollections of Boston's famous system of Underground Transportation and this film takes the audience from the bright sunshine into the dim obscurity of the subway. The Underground stations and rows of Electric Arc lamps are plainly shown and, after traversing the tunnel for a considerable distance, the car finally emerges opposite the railroad depot.

This we believe to be the best as well as the most interesting subject of Boston's latest fad yet taken. The opening of this picture brings into view the beautiful Charles River, considered to be the most picturesque spot in the East. One of the features of this picture is the great number of canoes which are being skillfully handled by the occupants of same. They approach in large numbers, and as they pass close to the camera it makes this picture a most striking one. The happy faces of the fair occupants can be plainly seen as they glide past, and this, of course, is bound to make it a bright and winning subject.

A trolley car takes you an on whirlwind ride through the busy streets of downtown Boston past Jordan Marsh and along Boylston Street to Copley Square passing by the Boston Public Library.

This astonishing picture was made at the "L" Street baths, Boston, in midwinter, the temperature being only a few degrees above zero. A number of sturdy men in bathing trunks are first shown playing on the ice, some of them having skates attached to their bare feet and others playing hand-ball. After their exercise, they run along the shore, upon which ice hummocks are piled high and plunge from the end of the ice-covered pier into the freezing waters of the bay. During the entire picture, the frosty breath of the men is plainly discernible. The film is of the very best photographic value, and the subject in every way one of the most remarkable we have ever made.

Boston at the Movies: First Films of the City 1901-1905

Gunner Palace
Topic: Documentary 11:16 pm EST, Jan  2, 2005

GUNNER PALACE reveals the complex realities of the situation in Iraq not seen on the nightly news. Told first-hand by our troops, 'Gunner Palace' presents a thought provoking portrait of a dangerous and chaotic war that is personal, highly emotional, sometimes disturbing, surprisingly amusing ... and thoroughly fascinating.

Filmmaker Michael Tucker, who lived with 2/3 Field Artillery, a.k.a. "The Gunners" for two months, captures the lives and humanity of these soldiers whose barracks are the bombed-out pleasure palace of Uday Hussein (nicknamed Gunner Palace), situated in the heart of the most volatile section of Baghdad. With total access to all operations and activities, Tucker's insider footage provides a rare look at the day-to-day lives of these soldiers on the ground -- whether swimming in Uday's pool and playing golf on his putting green or executing raids on suspected terrorists, enduring roadside bombs, mortar attacks, RPGs and snipers.

Gunner Palace

Canadian Studio Plans to Distribute Moore's 9/11 Film
Topic: Documentary 9:17 am EDT, Jun  2, 2004

The independent studio Lions Gate Films will distribute Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11."

It will be released on June 25 in about 1,000 theaters.

Coming soon to a theater new you ...

Canadian Studio Plans to Distribute Moore's 9/11 Film

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