2008–2009 Contemporary Documentaries

A SURVEY OF OUTSTANDING RECENT WORK IN THE DOCUMENTARY FIELD
PART TWO: MARCH 25 TO JUNE 3, 2009


  • Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

    Sari’s Mother

    Sari's Mother

    Directed and produced by James Longley

    Filmed in Iraq over a period of one year, “Sari’s Mother” follows an Iraqi woman’s struggle to help her 10-year-old son, Sari, who is dying of AIDS. 35mm. 21 mins.

    Academy Award nominee: Documentary Short Subject

    Sicko

    Sicko

    Directed by Michael Moore
    Produced by Moore, Meghan O’Hara

    In this portrait of the U.S. health care system, ordinary people face extraordinary and bizarre challenges in their quest for basic health coverage. 35mm. 123 mins.

    Academy Award nominee: Documentary Feature

  • Wednesday, April 1, at 7 p.m.

    Ochberg’s Orphans

    Ochberg's Orphans

    Directed by Jon Blair

    Produced by Blair, Paul Goldin, Georgina Townsley

    By 1921, after six years of war, famine and disease, 300,000 Russian Jewish children who were orphaned in murderous anti-Semitic attacks were fighting to survive. “Ochberg’s Orphans” chronicles a South African businessman’s heroic efforts to save them. 35mm. 40 mins.

    The Rape of Europa

    The Rape of Europa

    Directed and produced by Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham, Bonni Cohen

    “The Rape of Europa” tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe’s art treasures during the Third Reich and World War II. 35mm. 117 mins.

  • Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m.

    Darfur Now

    Darfur Now

    Directed by Theodore Braun

    Produced by Cathy Schulman, Don Cheadle, Mark Jonathan Harris

    Offering hope in one of humanity’s darkest hours, “Darfur Now” calls for people everywhere to take action against the catastrophe unfolding in Darfur, Sudan.  35mm.  99 mins.

     

    The Devil Came on Horseback

    The Devil Came on Horseback

    Directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern

    Produced by Stern, Sundberg, Gretchen Wallace, Jane Wells, Ira Lechner, Eileen Haag, Cristina Ljungberg

    “The Devil Came on Horseback” exposes the tragedy in Darfur through the eyes of an American witness who has since returned to the U.S. to try to stop it.  35mm.  85 mins.

  • Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m.

    Portraits of a Lady

    Portraits of a Lady

    Directed by Neil Leifer

    Produced by Walter Bernard, Leifer

    When 25 artists participate in an October 10, 2006, painting session with former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, the range of results raises an intriguing question: Have historical portraits accurately captured their subjects?  35mm.  40 mins.

    Bernard and Leifer will participate in a Q & A following the screening.

  • A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman

    A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman

    Directed and produced by Peter Raymont

    “A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman” is an exploration of exile, memory, longing and democracy by Ariel Dorfman, the renowned author of numerous novels, plays, poems and essays in Spanish and English.  35mm.  91 min.

  • Wednesday, May 13, at 7 p.m.

    Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience

    Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience

    Directed and produced by Richard E. Robbins

    Offering a profound glimpse into the human side of America’s current conflicts, this powerful documentary draws upon a project created by the National Endowment for the Arts to gather the writing of soldiers and their families who have participated in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 35mm. 81 mins.

    Academy Award nominee: Documentary Feature

    Robbins will participate in a Q & A following the screening.

    Body of War

    Body of War

    Directed and produced by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue

    “Body of War” follows the story of 22-year-old Tomas Young, who volunteers to fight in Afghanistan but ends up being sent to Iraq. Within three days he is hit by mortar fire and sustains life-changing injuries. Upon returning home, Young’s personal challenges are juxtaposed against the nation’s own struggle to understand its leaders’ decision to go to war. 35mm. 87 mins.

    Donahue will participate in a Q & A following the screening.

  • Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m.

    Lake of Fire

    Lake of Fire

    Directed and produced by Tony Kaye

    This graphic documentary explores abortion’s physical and psychological impact, covering arguments from both extremes of the spectrum, as well as those at the center. 35mm. 152 mins.

  • Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m.

    Salim Baba

    Salim Baba

    Directed by Tim Sternberg. Produced by Francisco Bello, Scott Mosier, Raja Dey

    Since the age of ten, 55-year-old Salim Muhammad has made his living screening discarded film scraps for kids in North Kolkata, India, using a hand-cranked projector, which he inherited from his father. 35mm. 14 mins.

    Academy Award nominee: Documentary Short Subject

    Please Vote for Me

    Please Vote for Me

    Directed by Weijun Chen. Produced by Don Edkins

    “Please Vote for Me” follows a third grade class in Wuhan, China, holding an election to select a Class Monitor. Chen’s documentary is an experiment to determine how democracy would be received if it ultimately came to China, and to understand whether democracy is a universal value that reflects human nature. 35mm. 55 mins.

    My Kid Could Paint That

    My Kid Could Paint That

    Directed and produced by Amir Bar-Lev

    In a few short months, four-year-old Marla Olmstead rocketed from total obscurity to international renown – selling over $300,000 worth of abstract paintings before the family was accused of fraud. “My Kid Could Paint That” is a family drama that unfolds against a backdrop of media stardom, art-world excess, and the ephemeral nature of truth. 35mm. 83 mins.

The 27th annual Contemporary Documentaries series was a showcase for feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2007 Academy Award® nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.

The films included in the series were “Sari’s Mother,” “Sicko,” “Ochberg’s Orphans,” “The Rape of Europa,” “Darfur Now,” “The Devil Came on Horseback,” “Portraits of a Lady,” “A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman,” “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience,” “Body of War,” “Lake of Fire,” “Salim Baba,” “Please Vote for Me” and “My Kid Could Paint That.”

Event Information

When
Wednesday evenings, through June 3, at 7 p.m.
Where
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
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