Film Review: ‘These Birds Walk’ Immerses Viewers in Life of Runaway Boys in Pakistan

By: Sunday January 19, 2014 4:00 pm

The feature documentary centers on The Edhi Home and Ambulance Foundation in Pakistan, a highly respected philanthropic organization in Pakistan and part of a social welfare system pioneered by Abdul Sattar Edhi, sometimes called “Father Teresa of Pakistan.” Edhi has spent decades helping unwanted or runaway children.


The Dissenter’s Top Films of 2013

By: Sunday December 29, 2013 8:58 am

The ten films I selected for 2013 are not ranked in any order, however, I will single out two films made by first-time filmmakers as being the films that had the greatest effect on me this year: Wadjda and Fruitvale Station.

Film Review: ‘Act of Killing’ & What Happens to Society Unwilling to Confront History of War Crimes

By: Sunday August 4, 2013 8:45 am

This documentary is one of the most surreal yet unflinching attempts to understand how mass murderers are able to walk freely without facing justice or accountability for their actions, even decades after the atrocities they have committed. It also explores how this impunity can affect the history which children learn and pervert the future of a society.

Film Review: ‘Dirty Wars’ Is a Fine Effort to Bring America’s Shadow Wars Into the Light

By: Friday May 31, 2013 12:09 pm

Journalist Jeremy Scahill’s film, Dirty Wars, is an effort to give Americans a peek at how the United States government is fighting the global war on terrorism in the shadows. It is also a plea to Americans to confront what their government is doing and challenge the justification for operations, which Congress is reluctant to scrutinize and which has at its core this idea that the “world is a battlefield,” an idea the press has been mostly unwilling to question.

Director Alex Gibney Responds to ‘We Steal Secrets’ Review Posted at Firedoglake

By: Friday May 24, 2013 1:47 pm

The following is a response I received from Alex Gibney, director of the new documentary on WikiLeaks, “We Steal Secrets.” I have not added any comments to this response. It appears unedited as a kind of rebuttal to my review.

I will also take the time to note that, despite my strong criticisms, it is worth it to view the film. While it may inform the public of what exactly Gibney arguues, claims and explores, no transcript of narration or interview segments can fully communicate how the stories of Bradley Manning and Julian Assange are presented in the film. One has to see the clips, hear the music, watch how it all is edited, etc, to fully appreciate the power of this movie.

‘We Steal Secrets’ Documentary Focuses on Personalities of Assange, Manning Over Significance of WikiLeaks

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 1:00 pm

Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney held a special screening for his new documentary, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, in Washington, DC, on May 21. Gibney also participated in a question and answer session after the film that was moderated by POLITICO‘s Josh Gerstein.

Film Review: ‘At Any Price’ Explores What Corporatization of Agriculture Has Done to the Family Farmer

By: Sunday May 5, 2013 4:00 pm

The American Dream leads most Americans to believe they are entitled to prosperity and success. Some feel they are more entitled to that prosperity and success than others. Some also are more willing to toil for that prosperity and success. If one is handed down prosperity and success, there is an even greater weight to hold up on one’s shoulders, since failure can mean losing everything a family has built from years of hard work and sacrifice.

Robert Greenwald’s ‘War on Whistleblowers’ Shows Importance of Preserving Press Freedom

By: Tuesday April 16, 2013 3:26 pm

In a small auditorium at the Newseum in Washington, DC, Brave New Films director Robert Greenwald held the premiere of his new documentary, “War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State.” It features four stories of men who are clear examples of whistleblowers that most Americans would think deserve protection when exposing government corruption, misconduct or wrongdoing, however, officials chose to protect the National Security State and retaliate each of these men for speaking out.

The Vigilantism of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

By: Sunday January 13, 2013 11:30 am

The Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty depicting the hunt for Osama bin Laden opened everywhere in the United States this weekend. Coincidentally, the date it opened was also the eleventh year anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Much has been written about the film throughout the past month, particularly how it shows torture helped the US government obtain the information necessary for eventually finding Bin Laden. Less has been written about the vigilantism of the film.

Film Review: ‘Rampart’ Deftly Explores the Character of a Corrupt Cop

By: Saturday February 25, 2012 6:00 pm

It is 1999 in Los Angeles and Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson) is one of the most corrupt cops in the history of the Rampart Division.

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