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  1. "Born into Brothels" Controversy
    Against The Current vol. 117

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2005
    "Born into Brothels" won this year’s Academy Award for best documentary. Directed by British photojournalist Zana Briski and U.S. film editor Ross Kauffman, the film follows Briski’s project of teaching photography to a group of children who live in Sonagachi — Calcutta, India’s red-light district — as well as Briski’s efforts to get these children of sex workers admitted into boarding schools.
  2. Bureau of Public Secrets 
    Resource Type: Website
    Articles from a Situationist perspective.
  3. CineAction: A Magazine of Radical Film Criticism
    Periodical profile published 1986

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1986
  4. Django Unchained, or, The Help: How "Cultural Politics" Is Worse Than No Politics at All, and Why 
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    On reflection, it's possible to see that Django Unchained and The Help are basically different versions of the same movie. Both dissolve political economy and social relations into individual quests and interpersonal transactions and thus effectively sanitize, respectively, slavery and Jim Crow by dehistoricizing them. The problem is not so much that each film invents cartoonish fictions; it's that the point of the cartoons is to take the place of the actual relations of exploitation that anchored the regime it depicts.
  5. Film as a Subversive Art
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1974
    Analyzes how aesthetic, sexual and ideological subversives use film to change and demystify.
  6. Free State of Jones: Three cheers!
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    From 1863 to 1865, Newton Knight (1837-1922), a white, antislavery farmer in Jones County in southern Mississippi, led an insurrection against the Confederacy. Inspired by Knight's life and struggle, Free State of Jones, written and directed by Gary Ross, is a fictional account of an enormously compelling, but little known chapter in American history.
  7. Hollywood's 'Captain Marvel' Blockbuster Is Blatant US Military Propaganda
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2019
    Captain Marvel is the latest in a long line of movies made with the cooperation and approval of the US military.
  8. A Life Beyond Imagination - review of Searching for Sugar Man
    Against The Current vol. 162

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    A review of “Searching for Sugar Man”, Malik Bendjelloul directing.
  9. Lincoln: A Review
    Civil War, Not Compromise, Smashed Slavery

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Lincoln—Steven Spielberg’s new movie reduces the abolition of slavery to so many parliamentary maneuvers.
  10. The right-wing, racialist attacks on the film Free State of Jones
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    The new film written and directed by Gary Ross, Free State of Jones, about a white farmer in Mississippi, Newton Knight, who led an insurrection against the Confederacy from 1863 to 1865, has come under sharp attack by right-wing elements in the American media. By right-wing elements, we mean the "new right" of identity politics advocates.
  11. Slavery's Harrowing Reality
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2014
    A review of the film "12 Years as a Slave" in the context of the literary genre of slave narratives.
  12. The Torturer as Feminist: From Abu Ghraib to Zero Dark Thirty
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    How “feminism” is used in service of the American empire.

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