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Film: Audrey Flack, Charles Dickens, and the Women of BLM

With the weather getting colder, we're all settling in for the next few months. You'll need some good
Nov 20, 2020 • View in browser
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With the weather getting colder, we’re all settling in for the next few months. You’ll need some good stuff to keep busy over the winter, and Hyperallergic has your back. This week we have two great interviews about two very different documentaries, as well as reviews of a new Charles Dickens adaptation, a film version of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, and more. Enjoy!
– Dan Schindel, Associate Editor for Documentary

Two New Can't-Miss Interviews
From "Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack"
From "Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack"
The documentary Queen of Hearts offers an extensive biography of photorealist pioneer Audrey Flack. Karen Chernick talked to the still-active 89-year-old about her practice and how the filmmakers followed her at work without disrupting her concentration.
Meanwhile, Ela Bittencourt interviewed director Alexander Nanau about Collective, which follows a harrowing investigation into a deadly nightclub fire in Romania. Learn how he got such incredible access to journalists and politicians. (And read our review of the film.)
Latest Reviews
Karen Russo's Films Explore the Manipulative Power of Nazi Imagery
Telling the Stories of the Women Behind Chicago’s BLM Movement
A Lively Reinterpretation of Charles Dickens
Bringing Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me to Life
Behind the Scenes at a Groundbreaking Clinic for Transgender People
What to Stream
From "Lingua Franca"
From "Lingua Franca"
This week’s streaming roundup features off-the-beaten-path films about transgender characters and/or the trans experience. We should always be celebrating our trans friends and family, but especially during Transgender Awareness Week.
Film at Lincoln Center’s top-notch nonfiction film festival, Art of the Real, has finally returned after a long COVID-induced delay. Check out all of the year’s best experimental docs.
Steve McQueen’s acclaimed anthology Small Axe, focused on Britain’s Afro-Caribbean community, debuts on Amazon Prime today. Jourdain Searles reviewed three of the five hour-long period pieces out of NYFF, including the premiere installment, Mangrove. A new film will be added each week.
Forensic Architecture has released a video summarizing the results of its investigation into the Beirut port explosion this past August. You can watch it here:
The Beirut Port Explosions (English) on Vimeo
The Beirut Port Explosions (English) on Vimeo
Also check out Kimi Takesue’s short film Heaven’s Crossroad (2002), an experimental travelogue in Vietnam. It’s available online through November 28 via the Center for Contemporary Art Singapore.
Until we can see you in the theater again, stay safe!
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