Post Tagged with: "documentary"


Rory Kennedy on Filmmaking, Being a Woman in the Film Industry

Best known for making documentaries about important social issues, like “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib” in 2007 and “Last Days in Vietnam” in 2014, director Rory Kennedy has moved in a new direction with her latest film, “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton.” The documentary, released Sept. 29, examines[Read More…]


Movie Review: ‘The Pathological Optimist’

★★★★☆ Whatever your preconceived notions of the anti-vaccination movement are, “The Pathological Optimist” will make you question them entirely. Directed and produced by Miranda Bailey, the documentary centers around Andrew Wakefield, a British doctor and researcher who is credited with starting the movement. Wakefield is known for publishing a 1998 paper,[Read More…]


Movie Review: ‘Dina’

★★★★☆ Telling an ordinary story with extraordinary subjects, “Dina” boldly defies the conventions of nonfiction film. The winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival, “Dina” presents a compelling tale of the romance between real-life Dina Buno and Scott Levin, a couple on the[Read More…]


Movie Review: ‘Spielberg’

★★★★☆ HBO’s “Spielberg,” directed and produced by Susan Lacy, is no ordinary documentary. The film is as much a documentary about famed director Steven Spielberg’s life as it is about his filmmaking style — it is impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins. The documentary’s narrative is[Read More…]

Speaking the Language of Laughter in Jordan

I didn’t realize it at the time, but the C+ that ticked me off in my senior year in the School of Foreign Service would turn out to be an important lesson. So, too, was a comment a professor made to me during a conversation about my fascination with documentaries:[Read More…]

by March 6, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
Movie Review: ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’

Movie Review: ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’

★★★★☆ As the opening credits flicked by, the screen suddenly went black and moments later white words appear: “There are still states that restrict a woman’s right to choose. A right that women won over 40 years ago.”  The very first scene of the documentary “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”[Read More…]

by February 20, 2015 0 comments Lifestyle, The Guide

Movie Review: ‘Finding Vivian Maier’

★★★☆☆ In 2007, Jeff Maloof bid on a box of negatives that he never ended up using for a book on his Chicago neighborhood. Two years later, he developed the shoved-away negatives out of pure curiosity and discovered a woman named Vivian Maier, who turned out to be an extremely[Read More…]

Alum to Document Surging Violence in Syria

Alum to Document Surging Violence in Syria

When Matthew VanDyke (GRD ’04) returned to the United States after being detained for six months in a Libyan prison, he was already planning his next trip to the Middle East. “I’m going to start training … for the next Arab revolution,” he told reporters crowded around him at Baltimore/Washington International Airport when[Read More…]

by August 28, 2012 0 comments News

Documentary Shines Light on Struggle Within the Military

Steeped in tradition and boasting a history of national service, the United States Armed Forces are viewed as honorable and disciplined institutions, composed of hardworking, humble and idealistic men and women brave enough to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Military recruiting media on television and elsewhere entices young[Read More…]

by June 7, 2012 0 comments The Guide

Shining Light on a Revolution

Revolution. Dismantlement. Recovery. Election. This is the way much of the world has viewed the political upheaval in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt: like a never-ending newsreel, one event after another. However, the fragile situation in Egypt is very real, vibrant and eerie at the same time. It is[Read More…]

by February 9, 2012 0 comments The Guide