Part of the reason it's so difficult is because everytime I turn around there's another series starting. Last week I mentioned The Walker's outdoor film series "Elected!", and already another one is about to launch - one that, like Global Lens, demonstrates how effectively film can enhance our perspective of the world.
Starting tomorrow, July 24th, and continuing through the end of August, the Walker will screen four documentaries as part of its "Cinema of Urgency" series: "This series focuses a documentary lens on some of the world’s most pressing concerns, showing the need for a global perspective on what may appear to be merely individual, or individually American, issues."
- July 24 (tomorrow): The Judge and the General (FREE)
- "On September 11, 1973, a coup d’etat against democratically elected socialist president Salvador Allende placed the government of Chile in the hands of General Augusto Pinochet. During his brutal 17-year dictatorship, thousands of Chileans were killed, tortured, and went “missing.” Years after the coup, criminal complaints filed by the families of victims landed on the desk of former Pinochet supporter Judge Juan Guzmán, whose investigations, he says, “opened the eyes of my soul.” The filmmakers followed Guzmán for three years in order to make this cautionary tale about the violation of human rights.2008, video, 87 minutes." (Post-screening Q&A with director/producer Farnsworth and editor Blair Gershkow)
- August 1-3: Flow: For Love of Water
- "Politics, pollution, and human rights wash into this provocative wake-up call exploring the planet’s coming shortage of drinking water and corporate plans to privatize the delivery of clean water. Inspiring heroes emerge—from African plumbers reconnecting a shantytown’s pipes in the dark of night to a California scientist who exposes dangerous toxin levels.2007, video, 83 minutes. "
- August 15-16: Secrecy
- "A compelling documentary peering into the invisible world of government secrecy and its tug-of-war with civil liberties, Secrecy delves into the 1940s origins of the national security policy and its unexpected consequences for contemporary democracy. Filmmakers Peter Galison and Robb Moss (The Same River Twice) utilize animation, installations, a mesmerizing score, and riveting interviews. 2008, video, 85 minutes. A Q&A with the director follows."
- August 28: The Listening Project (FREE)
- "The Listening Project is a cinematic journey in search of an answer to the question “What does the world think of America?” Surprisingly nuanced—even contradictory— responses are unearthed from the far reaches of the globe as we see how Americans are citizens of the world, not just their own country. 2007, video, 76 minutes. A Q&A with the directors and “listeners” featured in the film follows."
You can see the trailers for all the documentaries at the Walker blog.