Documentary Voices 2015

1/27/15 to 2/24/15

This year's edition of our annual spring series Documentary Voices features masters of the medium, from Robert Flaherty to Frederick Wiseman to Harun Farocki. Presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley course History of Documentary Film taught by Linda Williams, the series continues through April.

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  • Images of the World and the Inscription of War

    • Tuesday, February 24 7:00PM

    Harun Farocki (Germany, 1988). (Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges). An impressive meditation on aerial photography, surveillance, and military research. “Here documentary becomes a kind of fiction. Reality unfolds like a detective story” (Mark Nash, The Independent). (75 mins)

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    • Wednesday, February 18 7:00PM

    Harun Farocki (Germany, 1983-2012). Introduced by Jeffrey Skoller. A tribute to radical theorist and filmmaker Harun Farocki (1944–2014), worldwide provocateur who taught at UC Berkeley in the 1990s. Films examine a Playboy shoot in An Image (1983), the Corcoran Maximum Security Prison in I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts (2000), and office design in A New Product (2012). (87 mins)

  • Titicut Follies

    • Tuesday, February 3 7:00PM

    Frederick Wiseman (US, 1967). Introduced by Linda Williams. Wiseman's stark but compassionate look at the horrific conditions of a state-run institution for the criminally insane, one of the first-ever looks at mental illness treatment in the US. “More immediate than fiction because these people are real; more savage than satire” (Roger Ebert). (87 mins)

  • Nanook of the North

    • Tuesday, January 27 7:00PM

    Robert Flaherty (US, 1922). Flaherty's saga of Inuit life remains one of the most beautiful films ever made. Directing a group of Inuit to enact their daily activities for his camera, he paved the way for the development of the film documentary. (85 mins)