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3 hours ago, GussieK said:

I am on a quest to get everyone on earth to watch the astounding documentary Rewind, on the PBS Independent Lens series. Is there a thread for that?

There's a thread for the Independent Lens series as a whole (not any individual threads for the films within it).

I recorded Rewind, but haven't yet watched it.

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10 minutes ago, Bastet said:

There's a thread for the Independent Lens series as a whole (not any individual threads for the films within it).

I recorded Rewind, but haven't yet watched it.

Thank you!  I will check it out.  Will be interested in what you think. 

Oh, I'm such a ditz, I had actually found that thread earlier and even posted something.  Please excuse!  Anyway, looks like no one was paying attention, so the more places it is mentioned the better.

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8 hours ago, GussieK said:

I am on a quest to get everyone on earth to watch the astounding documentary Rewind, on the PBS Independent Lens series. Is there a thread for that?  I haven’t found one. You can currently watch it on the PBS web site.

I'm glad I watched it at the PBS site because there were numerous characters and I could rewind to refresh parts of the story in my mind. I had to sit quietly and not so quietly for awhile when it was over, dealing with my thoughts. It will be available at PBS through June 10. 

Here are links to two articles, both contain spoilers and the second one includes a brief interview with Sasha.

 

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2 hours ago, suomi said:

I'm glad I watched it at the PBS site because there were numerous characters and I could rewind to refresh parts of the story in my mind. I had to sit quietly and not so quietly for awhile when it was over, dealing with my thoughts. It will be available at PBS through June 10. 

Here are links to two articles, both contain spoilers and the second one includes a brief interview with Sasha.

 

Thanks for these amazing links.  Very good interview in the Inquirer. If you google you can find long ago coverage of the case in New York Magazine.  This was apparently a big story here in NYC, but I didn't hear about it at the time. 

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12 hours ago, Scarlett45 said:

Has anyone seen A Secret Love on Netflix?

I watched it.  I would say the focus is more on aging--how the women navigate how they spend their golden years, how their family wants them to spend it.  They do talk about their early years falling in love but more time is spent on whether or not they're going to stay in IL or go back to Canada to be near family members.

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7 hours ago, Irlandesa said:

I watched it.  I would say the focus is more on aging--how the women navigate how they spend their golden years, how their family wants them to spend it.  They do talk about their early years falling in love but more time is spent on whether or not they're going to stay in IL or go back to Canada to be near family members.

Yes I agree. I really liked it. 

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13th documentary free on youtube; but I'm not sure for how long. I think it does a good job of showing how the USA got from the abolition of slavery to today's protests:

 

 

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I loved the Netflix documentary Crip Camp. It's the story of a camp for disabled teens in upstate New York. The campers went on to lead the disability rights movement. This is history you won't learn in class.

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I thought 13th was good if exhausting. A lot of people were interviewed. This talking head format can tire me out. I also wonder why they basically stopped with the presidents GWB onward. 
 

As a Canadian, I was a bit uninterested in the governmental and institutional angle of racism and criminalization. I find what is happening so very uniquely American. We get the tv show Cops. Our news focuses on crime too. But our forms of racism take very different forms. Why? This documentary doesn’t really try to answer that. 

Racism and displacement exist everywhere but how it is formulated in the US is sooooo different. When one of the interviewees stated that 95% of elected prosecutor attorneys are white, I was less interested in that statistic but more about the fact that prosecutor attorneys are elected. 

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I realized that the Tubi streaming service has a bunch of documentaries on it (free with ads). Last night I watched All Things Must Pass about Tower Records (directed by Colin Hanks). It was good and while hindsight is 20/20 and I am also no business guy it seemed like that company was one bad decision after another that was just propped up by the crazy success of the music industry between the 60's and the 90's. Even if you ignore the internet it is amazing they lasted as long as they did, constantly ignoring the advice of the risk averse CFO and not realizing your customer base is getting older and already has the music they like, and there kids aren't anywhere near as big a population group. They even said they expanded into South America without doing any kind of due diligence and did most of their expansion on credit. Not to mention the company parties and other after hours activities were the kind of thing that would give an HR person at least a panic attack.

I also watched Man on Wire last week which was great, and a few weeks ago I watched Hype! about the Seattle music scene which I hadn't seen in years. It was still awesome too.

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I watched #Anne Frank Parallel Stories when it popped up as a recommendation on Netflix last night, because I watch pretty much all (factual) Holocaust films that come my way and it features Helen Mirren (reading passages from Frank's diary).  But, oh dear, the hashtag is not just annoying in the title; part of the framing is some millennial silently traveling to various key locations in Frank's life and death, always posting photos to social media with painfully over-earnest reflections and hashtags for the world to solemnly nod along with.  Go away, random emo! 

The rest of the film intersperses (along with scholarly commentary providing historical background and drawing parallels between societal attitudes then and now) the thoughts written by Anne while in hiding with the present-day recollections of five Holocaust survivors who were around that same age when they were taken to the camps.  It's powerful testimony from a few of the remaining survivors, especially as they worry the world is already forgetting their stories. 

And while some may find Mirren overly theatrical in some of her readings, especially as juxtaposed with the survivors' accounts of their own adolescent experience, I think it works because she's not speaking as a contemporary looking back, she's speaking as a 14-year-old girl might have sounded in her own head when writing her feelings in real time.

So it's a good watch.  I just really can't stand the hashtag journey stuff (not to mention the fact I can barely make out the text of the social media posts on screen).  That probably means it's meant for a younger audience and - again with the worry this history is being lost at a time when it's so important to remember its lessons - I should just say whatever works. 

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For those who saw Audrie & Daisy and haven't yet seen the news elsewhere, tragically, now both girls are gone; Daisy Coleman committed suicide last night.  Her mom's announcement on Facebook breaks my heart: “She was my best friend and amazing daughter. I think she had to make make it seem like I could live without her. I can’t. I wish I could have taken the pain from her! She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it’s just not fair. My baby girl is gone.”

The number of people responsible for that young woman's death is staggering, and I doubt a single one of them (especially that morally repugnant sheriff) feels any shame over it.

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I am watching Howard on Disney+, I am prepared to cry, which hasn’t happened yet but I did squeal at the footage of young Jodi Benson and Jerry Orbach!

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On 7/5/2020 at 3:34 PM, Bastet said:

I watched #Anne Frank Parallel Stories when it popped up as a recommendation on Netflix last night, because I watch pretty much all (factual) Holocaust films that come my way

I finally watched Alain Renais's Night and Fog just last week.  I'd read enough about it to be duly warned, but still found it very disturbing.  I think that may end my career of watching Holocaust documentaries.

 

On 7/5/2020 at 3:34 PM, Bastet said:

I just really can't stand the hashtag journey stuff (not to mention the fact I can barely make out the text of the social media posts on screen). 

Damn, I hate it when there are texts or social media posts shown as part of a film.  Do they just not care that there are probably a whole lot of people who can't read it?  It's bad enough in a regular movie, but in a documentary, which is supposed to impart information??

 

On 6/13/2020 at 10:26 PM, memememe76 said:

Racism and displacement exist everywhere but how it is formulated in the US is sooooo different. When one of the interviewees stated that 95% of elected prosecutor attorneys are white, I was less interested in that statistic but more about the fact that prosecutor attorneys are elected. 

I'm not sure if you're clear on this, but it's only the head of the office who might be elected (e.g., a state's Attorney General, or a county's District Attorney).  All the other attorneys in the office, who are actually doing the prosecuting, are hired to work in the office.  (Although a DA might choose to prosecute a big flashy case himself, perhaps precisely because he's elected and wants the publicity.)

And actually, I don't know if all states elect their attorneys general and district attorneys, but I know that some do.

FYI, many jurisdictions elect judges, too.  For example, all judges in Texas are elected, from justices of the peace up to the Texas Supreme Court.  (Although the governor appoints justices to the Texas Supreme Court if a vacancy occurs.)

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On 7/5/2020 at 3:34 PM, Bastet said:

I watched #Anne Frank Parallel Stories when it popped up as a recommendation on Netflix last night, because I watch pretty much all (factual) Holocaust films that come my way and it features Helen Mirren (reading passages from Frank's diary).  But, oh dear, the hashtag is not just annoying in the title; part of the framing is some millennial silently traveling to various key locations in Frank's life and death, always posting photos to social media with painfully over-earnest reflections and hashtags for the world to solemnly nod along with.  Go away, random emo! 

The rest of the film intersperses (along with scholarly commentary providing historical background and drawing parallels between societal attitudes then and now) the thoughts written by Anne while in hiding with the present-day recollections of five Holocaust survivors who were around that same age when they were taken to the camps.  It's powerful testimony from a few of the remaining survivors, especially as they worry the world is already forgetting their stories. 

And while some may find Mirren overly theatrical in some of her readings, especially as juxtaposed with the survivors' accounts of their own adolescent experience, I think it works because she's not speaking as a contemporary looking back, she's speaking as a 14-year-old girl might have sounded in her own head when writing her feelings in real time.

So it's a good watch.  I just really can't stand the hashtag journey stuff (not to mention the fact I can barely make out the text of the social media posts on screen).  That probably means it's meant for a younger audience and - again with the worry this history is being lost at a time when it's so important to remember its lessons - I should just say whatever works. 

I finally got around to watch it. I knew it would be emotional and it was. Mirren did a great job with her readings. Hearing the stories from the few remaining survivors were really good and really hard. It was well done. 

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I watched The Glamour and the Squalor on Tubi a couple of nights ago. It's about Seattle DJ Marco Collins who in the 90's worked for alt rock station KNDD and was the first DJ in the US to play Weezer, Beck and the Pearl Jam Vitalogy album (among other things). I could pick up KNDD from my home in BC as a teen so it was like reliving my youth. Plus it talked a lot about his background and personal issues and ended up being really good. Highly recommend for anyone who is into that era of music.

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I really liked this doc, although yeah, some of that involves nostalgia. My Seattle friends and I were lying in wait for a good alternative station, some of the new DJs couldn’t handle local place names, and Lollapalooza was pronounced Lola Paloosa a significant amount of the time. I hated the grunge scene at the time because it overshadowed everything else and brought in hordes of people looking for the hot new trend, and it took years before I’d admit to liking any of the music. This makes a good double feature with the documentary “Hype!”.

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Hype! is also available on Tubi at least in Canada. I watched it last year and it still holds up really good. I am pretty sure the last time I saw it was shortly after it came out since I had it on VHS (although I am pretty sure I also saw it at the movie theatre at my university's student union).

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