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Political

11/8/16

Set over the course of the 2016 Election Day, the documentary attempts to paint an unbiased, wart-filled portrait of every political shade.

Tribeca 2016 Award Winners

The following films illustrate the range of the festival. They are four different examples of how filmmakers handle difficult subject matter (whether it’s hard to comprehend or hard to stomach).

Here Come the Videofreex

In 1969, a group of hippies interested in new technology, but with no regular access to equipment, were given a budget and video cameras by the CBS network—see how the revolution was televised.

Requiem for the American Dream

Filmed over four years, the new documentary Requiem for the American Dream is the final, definitive long-form presentation of Noam Chomsky’s ideas on the interplay of power, capitalism, and democracy. Chomsky, arguably the foremost public intellectual of modern times, has been critiquing power and promoting democracy and solidarity for more than five decades in countless […]

Sweet Micky for President

Haiti, after gaining independence from France in 1804 after a slave revolt–turned–revolution, became known as the first black republic. What has followed in two centuries since are the violent ups and downs characteristic of many post-colonial states. But Haiti, especially after the disastrous 2010 earthquake, has often seemed specially marked for suffering. So when any […]

Best of Enemies

Produced and Directed by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon Released by Magnolia Pictures USA. 87 min. Rated R The interminable presidential campaign cycle is here again, prompting us all to bemoan the degradation of our national political discourse and wonder just how and why it got so dumb. With this election shaping up to be […]

The Other Man

Directed by Nicolas Rossier Produced by Tami Woronoff and Naashon Zalk South Africa/USA 75 min. Not rated Nelson Mandela is likely one of the most famous and admired figures of the 20th century. His story is well-known. After 27 years as a political prisoner, he became the first democratically elected president of South Africa. He […]

Mad as Hell

Produced & Directed by Andew Napier Released by Oscillosope Laboratories USA. 82 min. Not rated Mad as Hell profiles liberal talk show host Cenk Uygur, whose online news show, The Young Turks, seeks to shake up news coverage and reveal the corrupt business of politics. No one is exempt from Uygur’s glaring gaze: not George […]

Plot for Peace

Directed by Carlos Agulló and Mandy Jacobson Produced by Jacobson Written by Stephen W. Smith Released by Trinity South Africa. 82 min. Not rated It’s easy to forget what an embarrassment on the global stage South Africa’s apartheid regime was, not least because of how far into the modern era it extended, officially ending only […]