Documentary Voices 2014

1/28/14 to 4/22/14

Documentary Voices, our annual series presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley course History of Documentary Film, showcases a broad range of contemporary and historical documentaries, from poetic explorations to cinematic essays to forays into archival collections.

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Past Films

  • Leviathan

    • Tuesday, April 22 7pm

    Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Veréna Paravel (France/U.K./U.S., 2012). Lucien Castaing-Taylor in person. A thrilling adventure both on the high seas and in documentary storytelling, Leviathan immerses viewers in the waterlogged world of fishermen toiling on a creaking trawler. “Looks and sounds like no other documentary in memory” (Dennis Lim, NY Times). (87 mins)

  • The Act of Killing

    • Tuesday, April 15 7pm

    Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark/Norway/U.K., 2012). Director's Cut! “I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal and frightening in at least a decade,” says Werner Herzog of this astounding Academy Award–nominated documentary in which notorious death-squad chiefs brazenly reenact heinous crimes they committed during the 1960s Indonesian genocide. (159 mins)

  • Body of War

    • Tuesday, March 11 7pm

    Ellen Spiro, Phil Donahue (U.S., 2007). Ellen Spiro in person. This intimate observational film follows a paralyzed Iraq War veteran's struggle and evolution into an articulate, outspoken critic of the war. “Superb documentary . . . almost unbearably moving” (Richard Corliss, Time Magazine). (87 mins)

  • May They Rest in Revolt

    • Tuesday, February 25 7pm

    Sylvain George (France, 2010). Filmed over three years, “a fiercely unsettling mood and vivid handmade cinema girds” (Variety) this portrait of undocumented immigrants from Northern Africa and the Middle East, now living in makeshift homes in the northern French port town of Calais. (154 mins)

  • The Specialist

    • Tuesday, February 11 7pm

    Eyal Sivan (Israel/France/Germany, 1999). Inspired by Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, The Specialist is composed entirely from archival footage from the 1961 Israeli trial of the Nazi SS lieutenant colonel Adolf Eichmann. “An amazing document. Succeeds on quiet, frightening terms” (New York Times). Preceded by Deborah Stratman's Village, Silenced. (135 mins)