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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM | "Stranded" in the Wild With No Help; and Taking on the Establishment in "F

    Days after its world premiere screening in the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam's ornate and cavernous main venue at the Cinema Tuschinski in the city center, fest-goers were still talking about Uruguayan director Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded." Though the film, at least for now, comes...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM | Daughter's Personal Search for Her Father Exposes Maysles Family Rift

    A provocative new first person documentary by a member of the Maysles family has stirred audiences at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in recent days and it will likely garner more attention as the filmmakers seek wider awareness for the project. Among the hot tickets in ...

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    DISPATCH FROM AMSTERDAM | Doc's Past, Present, & Future as IDFA Marks 20 Years

    Even with a jammed program of some 300 documentaries screening through Saturday here in The Netherlands, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) was able to take a step back to look at the big picture during the fest's first weekend. At a nearly four-hour anniversary lustrum cel...

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    REVIEW | Stuck Figures: Jessica Yu's "Protagonist"

    When she was commissioned to make a documentary about Euripedes (a tall order, indeed), filmmaker Jessica Yu instead chose to see if she could apply the classical Greek playwright's dramatic structuring principles to present-day living. Rather than rehash what made the tragedian's works great or set...

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    INSIDE WORD | A & E's Harrington Joining Doc Fund

    Industry move... After he leaves A & E Indie Films at the end of the year, Ryan Harrington will be heading downtown to spearhead the recently announced Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. The new initiative will award a grants totaling $80,000 to at least three filmmakers next year.

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "What Would Jesus Buy?" Director Rob Vanalkemade

    Rob Vanalkemade's doc "What Would Jesus Buy?" takes a hard examination at the center of the religion of materialism. No one has ever consumed as much as Americans today, the film argues. And at no time does society consume more than at Christmas-time. As the holiday shopping season grows longer, and...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Steal a Pencil for Me" Director Michele Ohayon

    Love survives the Holocaust in doc "Steal a Pencil for Me" from Academy Award nominee Michele Ohayon ("Colors Straight Up"). An unhappily married couple is imprisoned at a concentration camp in 1943, and they are surprised by the arrival of the man's mistress at the same camp. Years earlier in Amste...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "War/Dance" Co-directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

    Directing duo Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine's doc "War/Dance" is set against the backdrop of Uganda's 20 year civil war during which over 30,000 children have been abducted by a rebel army. The Sundance '07 film tells the story of Dominic, Rose, Nancy and their school in the Patongo Internally Displ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Darfur Now" Director Ted Braun and Actor Don Cheadle

    About once a week a feature appears in the New York Times documenting the most recent breakdown in progress toward a lasting peace settlement in the huge Darfur region of Sudan: a massacre of civilians in the southern Darfur city of Muhagiriya by Sudanese government forces and their paramilitary fro...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten" Director Julien Temple

    Director Julien Temple's doc "Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten" takes a look at the frontman for British punk band the Clash. The film explores not just the legend and music of Strummer, who died four years ago, but also reveals him as a true communicator of his times. Drawing on both a shared ...

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