Following are the selections for our May 31 documentary screening:
IT’S OSCAR NIGHT AT THE VILLAGE, featuring two films nominated for 2017 Oscars
“I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO”
(See review, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/movies/review-i-am-not-your-negro-review-james-baldwin.html)
Assembling interview footage of James Baldwin and excerpts from his works – read by Samuel Jackson -- the documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ is a potent study of the writer, the 1960s civil-rights movement and the continuing struggles of African-Americans. It's an astonishing, often challenging and sharp examination of race in the United States, confronting how the country's history repeats and how Baldwin insisted we must remember, relentlessly question, remain conscientious and resist. “I Am Not Your Negro" is important. And urgent. And almost certainly unlikely to be seen by the people who would benefit from it most.
“4.1 MILES,” Academy Award nomination as Best Documentary Short, 2017.
(See review, http://www.eyeforfilm.co.uk/review/41-miles-2016-film-review-by-jennie-kermode)
4.1 miles - the distance between Turkey and Greece. It might not sound like much - in fact, many people might consider it swimmable - but these are dangerous waters. Nevertheless, hundreds of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers have made the desperate journey over the past few years. “4.1 Miles” introduces us to an island coastguard crew. Once upon a time their job was to watch over fishermen and tourists out on pleasure cruises. Now they rescue hundreds of people a day. There are only ten of them.