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Interviewing “Tickling Giants” Director Sara Taksler on Standing Up to Abuses of Power

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Director Sara Taksler talks about "Tickling Giants", her time filming in Egypt, and standing up to abuses of power with humor.

Interview: “Nossa Chape” Directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist Discuss How Communities Rebuild After Tragedy

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The directors of "Nossa Chape" discuss their documentary, and the power of sport in recovering from national tragedies.

Review: Documentary “Nossa Chape” Explores the Transcendent Nature of Sports

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After a tragic plane crash, the Chapecoense football club rebuilds in this documentary about the societal impact of sports.

“People’s Republic of Desire”: Director Hao Wu Introduces Us to Chinese Internet Celebrity Culture

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America has YouTube celebrities—but who are the "internet famous" in China?

Films Like Netflix’s “One of Us” Reflect a Surge of Interest in New York’s Hasids

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New York's Hasidic Jewish community has seen a recent resurgence of cinematic depictions.

Why I show Raoul Peck’s “Lumumba: La Mort du Prophète” to my students

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Marcus Filipello, a UW Milwaukee history professor, analyzes this documentary on the Congo by Peck (best known for the Oscar-nominated "I Am Not Your Negro")

Interview: Daniel McCabe’s “This Is Congo” compels us to care about the Congo

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Director Daniel McCabe reveals his intent to confuse, scar, and ultimately engage the audience in his war documentary “This Is Congo”.

Review: “This Is Congo” and the farcical nature of power

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This brilliant war documentary shows that the decades-old Congo conflict is nothing more than a farcical power struggle.

Interview: Mark Grieco’s “A River Below” isn’t just about saving the dolphins

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Grieco's documentary explores the complex, "post-truth truth" behind an episode of environmental activism in Brazil.

Review: The Moment – 50 Years of Golden Horse (Taiwan, 2016)

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The Moment is a must-watch documentary for anyone interested in the history of Taiwanese cinema.