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Art Threat: Our RIDM suggestions: urban development, rural Jesus, protest music, and more

RIDM always has way more films that look fantastic than any one person with other commitments can reasonably see in the space of ten days, which is a great problem to have. These are a few suggestions of things we’ve seen and loved.

The Chinese Mayor

The Chinese Mayor (2015, Hao Zhou) is a . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Our RIDM suggestions: urban development, rural Jesus, protest music, and more

Politics and its Discontents: Omar Khadr: Out Of The Shadows

The above is the title of a documentary to be broadcast tonight at 9 p.m. on the CBC’s main network. Here is a brief excerpt:

Given all of the taxpayer money it has spent challenging Khadr’s repatriation, his bail, and his access to the media, I am certain that the enemy of critical thinking, the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Omar Khadr: Out Of The Shadows

Politics and its Discontents: A Documentary Recommendation: Blackfish

Once again, I am writing a post that, in one sense, has nothing to do with politics but in another sense has everything to do with it and much more. If we consider political systems simply a methodology by which we engage with the our fellow human beings and the larger world, then the film . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Documentary Recommendation: Blackfish

Politics and its Discontents: Finding Vivian Maier: A Documentary Recommendation

I feel like taking a break from writing about politics today, so I will briefly turn to another of my favorite topics, documentaries, two posts about which I have written in the past.

Like politics, documentaries at their best deal with nature – either the nature that we are part of, or human nature. . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Finding Vivian Maier: A Documentary Recommendation

Slap Upside The Head: Documentary about Homophobia in Jamaica

Check out this trailer for An Abominable Crime, a documentary about the rampant (and often ignored) homophobia problem in Jamaica. The filmmakers are currently fundraising to help get this film finished, and The Pulitzer Center has offered to match all Kickstarter donations. So go check it out and offer some support if you can.

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Slap Upside The Head: Bad Blood Documentary

Bad Blood, a documentary film about the ban on blood donations from gay men, looks like it’s well worth checking out. Although I have to wonder… If Canadian Blood Services were to screen the documentary like they screen their blood, do you think they’d give it zero stars even if it passed the advance screening . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Bad Blood Documentary

DeSmogBlog: As The Maldives Slowly Erode Away: A Review Of "The Island President" Documentary

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Mohamed "Anni" Nasheed caught widespread attention when he held a cabinet meeting underneath the sea in the months leading up to the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009. He continued to captivate negotiators, governments, and climate advocates with his frank and outspoken demeanor, sometimes for better or for worse. As the President . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: As The Maldives Slowly Erode Away: A Review Of "The Island President" Documentary