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Directors ofFor Sama

Lulu Wang(The Farewell)
Ritesh Batra(Photograph)
Schmidt & Abrantes(Diamantino)
Wanuri Kahiu(Rafiki)
Jia Zhang-ke(Ash is Purest White)

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Entries in Best Documentary Feature (3)

Jul 31 2019

Interview: Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts on 'For Sama'

byMurtada Elfadl

For Sama,the new documentary in theaters that chronicles the five years of the Syrian uprising in Aleppo,is presented as a document from a mother trying to explain what happened to her newborn daughter.Yet what filmmaker Waad Al-Kateab shows through capturing the minutiae of everyday life in a city under siege and continuous bombardment,is a love letter to people committed to building a better society even as the situation around them becomes dangerous.Al-Kateab,a journalist,and her husband Hamza,a doctor,make the choice several times to stay in Aleppo and continue their work while starting a family,building a life,helping their community,hoping they can sustain despite the circumstances.The film presents a narrative rarely seen on screen,intimately documenting life from inside a city ravaged by war,as its people are just trying to live through the days.We recently spoke to Al-Kateab and her British co-director Edward Watts in New York.(This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.)

Murtada Elfadl: How did you come to work together?

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Jul 24 2019

Doc Corner: Oscar-nominated 'Streetwise' and its 35-years-later sequel

ByGlenn Dunks

For a film about teenagers living rough,squatting in dilapidated and abandoned hotels or homeless on the streets,there is a remarkable amount of poetic beauty inStreetwise.The work of director Martin Bell (American Heart) was born out of aLifeexposé called "Streets of the Lost"by his photographer wife (also noted as a film still photographer) Mary Ellen Mark and journalist Cheryl McCall and it is the latter pair's continued relationship with the runaway teenagers who populate its intimate yet sprawling narrative that was so essential to Bell being given the remarkable access thatStreetwiseoffers.

Originally released in 1984 and now restored for its 35th anniversary,Bell's documentary wasnominated for an Academy Award.And it probably would have won,too,had it not been forThe Times of Harvey Milk.So not quite as egregious of a loss as I had assumed as I sat stunned through the end credits of the 35th anniversary restoration.Re-released in tandem with a belated sequel,Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwellthat is also directed by Bell,the power ofStreetwiseremains with its all too relevant story of teenagers on the streets of Seattle known at the time as the most liveable city in the world...

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Jan 24 2019

Team Experience: Joyful News and the Best/Worst Oscar Branches

by Nathaniel R

Later today a special edition of the podcast as Murtada,Nathaniel and Nick discuss the Oscar nominations.But,for now,our final group survey on the nominations so we can then move on to the nitty gritty of each category as well as return to new and old movies,  Film Bitch Awards,regularly scheduled programming,and all of that good stuff.We asked the team two more questions about the nominations and they answered like so.Please let your own voice be heard in the comments.


JORGE MOLINA: I woke up my entire neighborhood when Marina de Tavira's name was called out.Iwasexpecting a surprise Supporting Actress nomination,but nother.Marina's performance is such a striking and beautiful contrast to Yalitza Aparicio's (whose nomination was a lesser but equally great surprise),and one that reflects much deeper things about female and class relationships in the movie.It's not a big performance,but it's so nuanced and raw.I couldn't be happier she's getting the recognition,and that she's only the second supporting actress to be nominated for a foreign film ever!Viva Marina!

CHRIS FEIL: No single craftsperson deserves their nomination (or eventual win) more than costume designer Ruth E.Carter (Black Panther).I don't make the facts,I just relay them...

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