Monday, December 29, 2014

Kali Holloway on 2014's Best Documentaries: From Colonialism to War to Ecology to Misogony, Homophobia, and Heterosexism

In this lull time between the various winter-solstice holidays and the celebration of a new year, when we have time on our hands, Kali Holloway's recent "Documentaries Extraordinaire" posting at Alternet is a real gift. I recommend it to you. 

Please note that Holloway has posted clips to the trailers of the 2014 documentaries extraordinaires that she's recommending to us. In some cases, if you click to watch them at the You Tube site, you'll also see other related You Tube videos pop up. 

I haven't watched all of these recommended trailers yet, but I plan to do so in the next few days, and, if I can lay my hands on them, to watch at least some of the full documentaries. I'm especially eager to see Goran Hugo Olsson's documentary about colonialism as violence, "Concerning Violence," since (as he and filmmaker Ondi Timoer explain in a You Tube clip connected to the trailer recommended by Holloway), he uses the text of Franz Fanon's powerful classic The Wretched of the Earth for his optic as he looks at the effects of colonialism. And he also uses newly discovered archival footage from the era of the toppling of colonial regimes that poses serious questions to us about the extent to which violence is necessary in combating colonialism.

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