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Sundance Selects “Personal” Documentaries

Sundance got 3,624 features submitted this year, with 51 first-time filmmakers. There’s got to be a pony in there somewhere.

Documentaries are personal, which is the polite way of saying dismal.

Katrina Browne’s Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North explores her New England family’s history as slave traders. Should be big with Unitarians who feel guilty.

Nerakhoon (the Betrayal) directed by the cinematographer Ellen Kuras, a young Laotian man confronts both his father’s work for the C.I.A. designating bombing targets during the Vietnam War and the havoc it wreaked on his family after the Communist takeover of Laos.

Veteran director Lisa F. Jackson’s Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, in which she interviews rape victims and draws on her own experience as the survivor of a gang rape.

In Prison My Whole Life Colin Firth’s the EP and his wife the producer of yet another examination of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

And a rejected Mike Garibaldi-Frick muses on his loss.

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