THE CINEMA OF CRUELTY
The Missing Picture (L’image Manquante) by Rithy Panh

Film

Rithy Panh has devoted his career to making films about the atrocities and legacies of the Cambodian Genocide, from the precisely documented torture facility described in S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, to the indentured servitude faced by present-day sex workers in Paper Cannot Wrap up Embers. Throughout, Panh has remained steadfastly situated in the present: while his films concern the past, they do not attempt to enter or relive it, but rather interrogate historical meaning for the purposes of understanding a troubled present.

RUNNING THE GAMUT
An Overdue Spotlight on Richard Fleischer

Film

With their series Overdue, film critics Nick Pinkerton and Nicolas Rapold utilize a boilerplate concept. They pitch it as an “Employee Picks”-style enterprise, in order to offer the average New York cinephile a regular dose of 35mm screenings of controversial, neglected, often genre-tinged films.

CAPTURING UPHEAVAL
MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight 2014

Film

One uniting thread that runs through the 2014 edition of Documentary Fortnight (which ran from February 14 – February 28) is a bearing witness to profound social changes.

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MAR 2014

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