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IDFA Doc Spotlights Unlikely Dream of a Young Iranian Woman

An unlikely story of a young Iranian woman's ambition to be an astronaut made its way to the world's biggest documentary festival, IDFA, this week, giving a glimpse at how the power of a dream can overcome fantastic odds.

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“Ai Weiwei” Still Not Backing Down in New Doc That Premiered at IDFA image

“Ai Weiwei” Still Not Backing Down in New Doc That Premiered at IDFA

The world's largest documentary festival, IDFA, hosted the World Premiere of Andreas Johnsen's Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case chronicling the embattled artist as he left detention and continued his fight with Chinese government while still under virtual house arrest. Shown with humor and panache, Ai Weiwei remains a transformative figure.

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“Maidentrip” Shows a Very Different Teenage Dream

We spoke with director Jillian Schlesinger about her documentary, which opens Mountainfilm on Friday night, and its inspiring protagonist: a Dutch 14 year old named Laura Dekker who made headlines as the youngest person to sail solo around the globe.

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Music Paints a Moving Picture Down in the Tremé

Darren Hoffman's documentary Tradition Is a Temple explores the unique musical culture of New Orleans through fascinating interviews and dynamic filmed performances. We spoke with the musician-turned-director about his film, which screens Thursday in our monthly Art of the Real series.

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Welcome Back, Moms Mabley!

Moms Mabley went home last night. The first female comedian ever to perform at the famed Apollo Theater back in 1939 made people laugh and cry all over again on 125th St when Whoopi Goldberg's doc about the 'original queen of comedy' screened for a Harlem crowd.

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Frederick Wiseman Finds Middle Class Anxiety in “At Berkeley”

Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman had long wanted to film a university and his latest documentary At Berkeley, opening this week at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, captures one of the pinnacles of higher learning as it confronts an unprecedented crossroads.

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Documenting “Caucus” and Its Relevance Today

A particularly timely endeavor, Caucus, a new political documentary covering the Republican presidential hopefuls race to the 2012 Iowa Caucus, opens this week. Director AJ Schnack discusses his reasons for making the film and how he was granted so much intimate access to the candidates.

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Cinema Eye Honors Unveil 7th Annual Documentary Nominees

The annual Cinema Eye Honors unveiled its nominations, spotlighting the year's non-fiction work. Five films received nominations for the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking including New Directors/New Films '13 documentaries The Act of Killing by Jeff Oppenheimer and Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley.

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Weekend Opener “Casting By” Celebrates Unsung Movie Titans

Tom Donahue discusses his illuminating doc Casting By, which spotlights the role of the casting director and one of its greats, Marion Dougherty, featuring interviews with a huge number of stars and filmmakers from Martin Scorsese, to Robert De Niro, Glenn Close, Jon Voight, and many more.

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Preview: November at Film Society

Winter is coming, and what better way to spend November's chilly days than in our warm theaters watching amazing movies? From thrilling WWII action to classic silent comedies to scream-inducing horror, we have everything you need for an excuse to spend the day indoors.

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