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A Gripping Chronicle of Amazonian Tribes’ Struggle Against the Peruvian State – September 16, 2016

In Review: When Two Worlds Collide (Documentary)

As members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes confront the Dakota Access pipeline, don’t miss Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel’s hard-hitting film about a more violent resistance by Indigenous people south of the border against would-be developers and exploiters.

Indigenous Amazonian protestorsPhoto by Jack Weisman/Yachaywasi FilmsA scene from the documentary showing Peru's Indigenous Amazonian people protesting to save their rainforest.

When Two Worlds Collide is an eye-opening documentary about Peru’s Amazonian tribes’ struggle to protect their ancestral homeland in the rainforest against the destruction and deforestation wreaked by oil, logging, and other extractive industries acting in cahoots with the government… more

by: Ed Rampell

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New Documentary Investigates Nuclear Power from New York to Fukushima – July 8, 2016

A Conversation with Indian Point Director Ivy Meeropol

Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest that the “past is prologue.” In an irony of history, a filmmaker whose grandparents were so-called “atomic spies, and the only American civilians electrocuted by the US government during the Cold War, is now trying to shutdown a nuclear power plant in New York.

photo of Ivy Meeropol Photo Courtesy of Indian Point Film Production, LLC

Ivy Meeropol is the granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed for espionage on June 19, 1953 for allegedly passing A-bomb secrets to the Soviets. She is the daughter of Michael Meeropol, who — after his parents’ death — was adopted… more

by: Ed Rampell

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Of Ingredients, Greed and Expediency: Big Chem and the Big Stink – February 26, 2016

In Review: Stink!

Jon Whelan’s documentary Stink! proves, among other things, that the feminist insight “the personal is political” remains true. According to his film, the untimely death of Whelan’s wife Heather from breast cancer, combined with the pungent odor of brand new pajamas he bought for his daughters, propelled the New York-based writer/director to investigate the chemical industry. Like Ulysses with a camera, Whelan embarks on an odyssey that takes him from corporate boardrooms to the halls of Congress, pitting him against the Cyclops of Big Chem. 

Bought as a Christmas present, the pajamas’ noticeable scent prompted Whelan to phone HQ Justice, the company selling the bedclothes. Unable… more

by: Ed Rampell

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LA’s Gritty Sodbusters – January 22, 2016

In Review: Can You Dig This

During the Age of Reason, Voltaire wrote the philosophical novel Candide about a youth who travels around the world and upon returning home to Europe at the end of his odyssey towards self-discovery, realizes: “We must cultivate our gardens.”

Los Angeles-born and raised Delila Vallot’s 83-minute documentary Can You Dig This transplants Voltaire’s notion to South Central Los Angeles, following a handful of latter- day Candides as they pursue urban gardening on their own paths to enlightenment in an area where movies such as Boyz n the Hood and Straight Outta Compton were set.

Twenty-three-year-old ex-gangmember Mychael “Spicey” Evans and the tattooed 21-year-old, formerly “gang… more

by: Ed Rampell

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In Review: The Russian Woodpecker – October 16, 2015

Chernobyl Conspiracy and Cover-up: New Documentary Suggests World’s Worst-Ever Eco-Accident Was Actually Deliberate

Move over Oliver Stone — Chad Gracia’s award winning documentary The Russian Woodpecker is the ultimate conspiracy theory film. This hard-hitting movie makes Stone’s JFK look like a motion picture picnic in the park as it investigates whether the biggest manmade environmental “accident” in human history was, in fact, deliberately caused.

Photo of The Russian WoodpeckerPhoto by Artem Ryzhykov Fedor Alexandrovich doesn’t believe the 1986 Chernobyl disaster was an accident.

Using archival footage, news clips, and original photographs and videos by cinematographer Artem Ryzhykov (including handheld undercover material secretly shot with GoPro cameras), The Russian Woodpecker takes us through the… more

by: Ed Rampell

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