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"The year of the angry documentary"

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire January 3, 2007 at 5:2AM

Looking at the Oscar documentary short list in The New York Times, Charles Lyons cites a preponderence of issue-oriented docs among the 15 films, noting "a shift toward gritty, guerrilla filmmaking, a willingness to tackle controversial subjects, no matter the obstacles":"This is the year of the angry documentary, of the 'Take back America' documentary," Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, said in a telephone interview. "The theatrical documentary," she added, "has replaced the television documentary in terms of talking back to the administration. That's one of the only places where one can do it."
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Looking at the Oscar documentary short list in The New York Times, Charles Lyons cites a preponderence of issue-oriented docs among the 15 films, noting "a shift toward gritty, guerrilla filmmaking, a willingness to tackle controversial subjects, no matter the obstacles":

"This is the year of the angry documentary, of the 'Take back America' documentary," Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, said in a telephone interview. "The theatrical documentary," she added, "has replaced the television documentary in terms of talking back to the administration. That's one of the only places where one can do it."