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Retrospective documents Patricio Guzmán’s stylistic evolution

The Columbia Spectator

With a career that spans almost half a century and that includes myriad films conveying the complexity of the Chilean political terrain, documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán is due for a retrospective. A week-long series “Obstinate Memories: The Documentaries of Patricio Guzmán” will play at BAMcinématek (651 Fulton St., between Ashland and Rockwell places) from April 1 to 7.

The retrospective examines Guzmán’s significant contributions to his native country—showcasing six of his most well-regarded films, including his newest release, “Nostalgia for the Light” (2010). [Full Story]

Documentary ‘Oscar’s Cuba’ is more sensationalist than sensational

The Columbia Spectator 


Just over two weeks ago, Dr. Óscar Biscet, a Cuban political prisoner of conscience serving a 25-year sentence for expressing dissent through peaceful protests, was released from jail after serving 11 years. A 2011 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Biscet is the founder of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights, one of the few dissenting organizations that exist within Cuba.

On Friday, April 1, students can learn more about Biscet’s political reality at the University Council of the Cuban American National Foundation’ s screening of “Oscar’s Cuba,” a film about Biscet’s struggles and the plight of political prisoners in Cuba. The event, which will take place in 304 Barnard Hall at 7 p.m., will be followed by a Q-and-A session with the director, Jordan Alott. [Full Story]

‘Restrepo:’ Documentary explodes onto film scene, exposing the reality of war

The Columbia Spectator 


Whether liberal or conservative, staunchly pro-war or fiercely pacifist, students will likely find their reactions to “Restrepo” contrary to expectation. Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s war documentary, recently nominated for an Oscar, is a film that every American, regardless of other affiliation, should see.

Cautiously apolitical, the film follows a year in the lives of American soldiers deployed in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, widely known as one of the most dangerous military bases. The emphasis on objectivity and evasion of a clear political message is explained by the backgrounds of the film’s creators—journalist Junger and photojournalist Hetherington are both seasoned war correspondents. In “Examining Restrepo,” a film screening and discussion event organized by the Columbia University School of Journalism on Thursday, Feb. 3, the two explained, “we wanted to relate the emotional terrain of war.” [Full Story]