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    REVIEW | Crash Landing: Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded: I Have Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mou

    In his 1993 review of "Alive," a film based on the infamous 1972 true story of the survivors of a Uruguay rugby team that crashed in the Andes on their plane ride to a tournament, Roger Ebert wrote, "We care about the characters while we watch the movie. But at the end it all seems elusive. The movie characters complete their dreadful ordeal, but somehow, walking out, we feel the real Andes survivors would not quite recognize themselves." Ebert suggested that "Alive"'s problem was one of evocation: despite the attempt to impart what the survivors went through, their incredible physical endurance (72 days in freezing cold temperatures) and men...

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    iW NEWS | IDFA To Screen Geyrhalter's Top Ten

    Austrian doc director Nikolaus Geyrhalter has compiled his "Top 10" to screen as a special programme at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). He chose films that "have impressed him and that have played a role in his own development." These include Ulrich Seidl's "Good News: von Kolporteuren, toten Hunden und anderen Wienern," "Koyaanisqatsi," by Godfrey Reggio, and Peter Mettler's "Gambling, Gods and LSD." One fiction film found its way into the Top 10, Terrence Malick's "The New World." A number of Geyrhalter's own films will also be shown alongside, including "Pripyat," "Our Daily Bread," and his latest, "7915km," ...

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    iW NEWS | European Film Awards Announce Doc Nods

    The European Film Academy have announced the nominations for European Film Academy Documentary 2008 - Prix Arte. The ten nominees are Nino Kirtadze's "Durakovo - Le Village Des Fous," Carlos Saura's "Fados," Thomas Heise's "Kinder. Wie Die Zeit Vergeht," Antoine Cattin and Pavel Kostomarov's "Le Mere," Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded: I've Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains," Pavel Koteck and Miroslav Janek's "Citizen Havel," Arto Halonen's "Shadow of the Holy Book," Helena Trestikova's "Rene" and Klaartje Quirijns' "The Dictator Hunter." This year's documentary jury will now convene in Berlin to screen the nominated films and decide...

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    REVIEW | Electoral High School: Caroline Suh's "Frontrunners"

    This year's race comes down to a clear choice between vitality and experience. On the one hand, you have a young outsider running on a ticket of change; on the other, an older, more experienced candidate who nonetheless wants to "raise the bar." The former is accused of being all style and no substa...

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    iW NEWS | Academy Announces Doc Short Shortlist

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that the field of Documentary Short Subject entries for the 81st Academy Awards has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar nominations. The eight films are: "The Conscience of Nhem En," "David McCullough: P...

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    iW NEWS | "Episode 3" To Open IDFA

    Renzo Martens' "Episode 3" will have its world premiere on November 20, 2008, as the opening film of the 21st International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Dutch artist Martens' film details how suppliers of African export product themselves hardly profit at all from the huge amounts of money made from their poverty. The festival's programmers said that questions examined in the film coincide with a "striking" amount of films at IDFA that deal with Africa and its perceptions in the West. The film, included in the IDFA First Appearance Competition, was pitched as a project at the FORUM in 2007. Martens' first film, "Episode 1," s...

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    iW NEWS | "Chelsea," "Kassim" To Open DocFest

    The 7th annual Documentary Film Festival (DocFest) has announced its programming, screening 60 films over three weeks. The opening night films will be Abel Ferrera's "Chelsea on the Rocks," a history of Manhattan's The Chelsea Hotel, and Kief Davidson's "Kassim the Dream," the story of World Champion Boxer Kassim "The Dream" Ouma. The fest will close with Nina Davenport's "Operation Filmmaker." Other films include Jeruschka White and Caryn Capotosto's "Come on Down! Come on Down! The Road to the Price is Right," Melody Gilbert's "Disconnected," Liz Welch Tirrell's "The Long Haul," B. Douglas Robbins' "Debate Team," and Kristy Guevera-Flanag...

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    REVIEW | Jesus Fish in a Barrel: Larry Charles's "Religulous"

    Bill Maher has had quite a run. Fourteen years have passed since "Politically Incorrect" saved him from Shannon Tweed vehicles and endless stand-up. A Washington meets Hollywood twist on the McLaughlin Group, "PI" proved surprisingly durable for Comedy Central before losing steam (and some bite) on ...

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    iW NEWS | Sundance Channel Goes To "Prison"

    Marc Evans's "Prison My Whole Life" has been acquired by Sundance Channel. The film follows William Francome's investigation into the arrest of Mumia Abu Jamal, famed death-row prisoner and award-winning Black Panther journalist. The film will premiere on Sundance Channel on Monday, December 8th. ...

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    Youssou NDour Doc Coming to America; Oscilloscope Gets U.S. Rights

    Chai Vasarhelyi's doc about Senegalese musician Youssou NDour and his struggle to release his controversial "Egypt" album has been acquired by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Pictures. Fresh from the Telluride and Toronto film festivals where the documentary debuted in conjunction with live co...

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