An Owl Is an Owl Is an Owl

Description: Filmmaker, photographer, writer, musician, “the prototype of the twenty-first-century man” (according to Alain Resnais), the 90-year-old Chris Marker is recognized as all of these things. But animal lover needs to be on that list, as well. Upon being asked for a photograph of himself, the artist has frequently offered up one of his cat, […]

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The Shock Doctrine

Description: “Only a crisis, actual or perceived, produces real change.” Such is the central philosophy of what Naomi Klein refers to as “disaster capitalism,” the subject of her international bestseller The Shock Doctrine. Klein uses the ideas of economist Milton Friedman as a jumping-off point for discussing how unpopular free market policies have been sneakily […]

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The Night It Rained

Description: Iranian documentarist Kamran Shirdel subjects the viewer to a dizzying array of conflicting perspectives regarding the supposedly heroic actions of a schoolboy. The boy became a local celebrity in Gorgan after the media became fixated on the story of how he single-handedly prevented a disastrous railroad accident. As multiple figures weigh in, however, the […]

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