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"Born into Brothels" Controversy: Against The Current vol. 117
Michel, Frann
"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 teachi...
Django Unchained, or, The Help: How "Cultural Politics" Is Worse Than No Politics at All, and Why
Reed, Adolph Jr.
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 a...
Film as a Subversive Art
Vogel, Amos
Analyzes how aesthetic, sexual and ideological subversives use film to change and demystify.
Free State of Jones: Three cheers!
Laurier, Joanne
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, ...
A Life Beyond Imagination - review of Searching for Sugar Man: Against The Current vol. 162
Palmer, Bryan D.
A review of “Searching for Sugar Man”, Malik Bendjelloul directing.
Lincoln: A Review: Civil War, Not Compromise, Smashed Slavery
Zorn, Jacob
Lincoln—Steven Spielberg’s new movie reduces the abolition of slavery to so many parliamentary maneuvers.
The right-wing, racialist attacks on the film Free State of Jones
Walsh, David
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 und...
Slavery's Harrowing Reality
Santamarina, Xiomara
A review of the film "12 Years as a Slave" in the context of the literary genre of slave narratives.
The Torturer as Feminist: From Abu Ghraib to Zero Dark Thirty
Cornell, Matt
How “feminism” is used in service of the American empire.

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Articles from a Situationist perspective.

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Documentary Film
A Very Short Introduction
Aufderheide, Patricia
Takes readers in a journey through documentary history, discussing forms as various political documentaries, musical docs, wildlife docs, and diary films.
Ryan Coogler's Black Panther: A hollow "defining moment" cloaked in identity politics
A review of the film 'Black Panther'
Barrickman, Nick
A conventional Hollywood "blockbuster," chock full of action sequences, explosions and the rest.
Subversive Viewing/Viewing Subversives - Review
Against The Current vol. 161
Rabinowitz, Paula
Reviews of 'Dark Borders: Film Noir and American Citizenship' by Jonathan Auerbach and old 'War Femme: Lesbianism, National Security, and Hollywood Cinema' by Robert J. Corber.

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Articles from a Situationist perspective.
CineAction: A Magazine of Radical Film Criticism
Periodical profile published 1986
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