Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.
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Six interesting documentaries – Freakonomics, Inside Job, Budrus, Marwencol, ‘Boxing Gym’ and ‘The kids Grow Up’ will be playing in select theaters across the country this month. Human behavior, 2008 economic crisis, non-violent movement, healing fantasy world, life of a boxing gym and parent-child relationship are the core themes explored in the films respectively. If you get a chance WATCH ‘EM.
Freakonomics Documentary is the film version of the bestselling book”FREAKONOMICS”, about incentives based thinking, written by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Like the book the film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies. A dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years: Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Casino Jack and the United States of Money), Academy Award® nominees Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp), Academy Award® nominee Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) and Seth Gordon (The King of Kong) director different segments of the film.
From Academy award nominated filmmaker, Charles Ferguson (No end in sight), comes INSIDE JOB, the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, INSIDE JOB traces the rise of the rouge industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulations and academia. The film is narrated by Matt Demon and was filmed in USA, Iceland, England, France, Singapore and China.
It takes a village to unite the most divided people on earth. Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat.
“Marwencol” is a documentary about the fantasy world of Mark Hogancamp. After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populates the town he dubs “Marwencol” with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town’s many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helps Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds of the attack. When Mark and his photographs are discovered, a prestigious New York gallery sets up an art show. Suddenly Mark’s homemade therapy is deemed “art”, forcing him to choose between the safety of his fantasy life in Marwencol and the real world that he’s avoided since the attack.
Lord’s Gym was founded sixteen years ago by Richard Lord, a former professional boxer. A wide variety of people of all ages, races, ethnicities and social classes train at the gym: men, women, children, doctors, lawyers, judges, business men and women, immigrants, professional boxers and people who want to become professional boxers alongside amateurs who love the sport and teenagers who are trying to develop strength and assertiveness. Frederick Wiseman’s Boxing Gym captures the sub-culture of the American “melting pot” like gym where people meet, talk, and train.
Doug Block has filmed his daughter since the day she was born, but soon she’ll head off to college. Moving seamlessly between past, present, and the fast-approaching future, Block has not only crafted a loving portrait of a girl transitioning into womanhood, but also an incredibly candid look at parenting and what it means to let go. This time of transition comes with its fair share of struggles. To his credit, Block does not shy away from these moments, nor from the insightful yet occasionally harsh analysis his wife offers. The result is a story told with such honesty and openness that a singular experience unfolds into a universal story of parenting, marriage, and family—making this a film that parents, daughters, and sons will appreciate.