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As photographic practice spills into cinematography, this documentary series explores the moving image as another mode of critically engaged observation, with films that investigate war, globalization, political upheaval, and youth culture. Using stylistic approaches from hand held vérité to sweeping panoramas, these provocative works reveal the photographic process, expose otherwise inaccessible places, and illuminate both the intimate relationships and the incredible risks undertaken by those behind the camera. Complements the exhibition Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties.

Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below. All screenings are held in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium.

Still from <em>Manufactured Landscapes</em>

Manufactured Landscapes

Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Time: 4:00 p.m.

Directed by Jennifer Baichwal
(2007, 90 min., 35 mm, not rated)

Follow photographer Edward Burtynsky through China as he shoots the extraordinary evidence and effects of the country's massive industrial revolution. Breathtaking sequences allow us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste. Nominated for a 2007 Sundance Grand Jury Prize

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Burma VJ

Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Directed by Anders Ostergaard
(2009, 84 min., Digibeta, not rated)

The military junta rules Burma, and undercover video journalists must undertake a dangerous reportage: to document events and smuggle out images for the rest of the world to see, risking torture and life imprisonment. Equipped with hidden handicams and a compulsive instinct to shoot what they witness, in 2007 the VJs filmed the dramatic protests by Buddhist monks in Rangoon. The Burma VJ is an everyman, but he is also an accidental hero - a freedom fighter armed with a camera. Oscar nominated, 2010

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Kids and Money

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Directed by Lauren Greenfield
(2008, 32 min., HDCAM, not rated)

A piercing short film by photographer Lauren Greenfield, Kids and Money is a conversation with young people about the influence of money in their lives. Born of the extremes of poverty and wealth that define the Los Angeles landscape, teens and tweens from Pacific Palisades to East Los Angeles address how they are shaped by a culture of consumerism.

Following the screening, Lauren Greenfield will give a special presentation about her body of work in photography and film, with a question-and-answer session.

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Date: Sunday, September 26, 2010
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Directed by Martin Bell
(1984, 91 min., HDCAM, not rated)

This unflinching documentary tracks nine teenagers living on the streets of Seattle in the 1980s, exposing their day-to-day battles with petty crime and poverty. Produced in conjunction with Mary Ellen Mark's photographic project of the same name, the film's cinéma vérité style allows the kids to speak frankly with resolute, sometimes playful, and surprisingly wistful perspectives in the face of insurmountable struggles. Oscar nominated, 1985

Stay for a question-and-answer session with director Martin Bell following the screening of this newly remastered film.

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Iraq in Fragments

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2010
Time: 4:00 p.m.

(2006, 94 min., 35mm, not rated)
Directed by James Longley

An opus in three parts, Iraq in Fragments is a stunningly photographed documentary of the war-torn country as seen through the eyes of Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds. With just a handheld camera and no crew, the director's fly-on-a-wall method delivers a series of intimate portraits: an orphaned child in Baghdad; Sadr followers in two Shiite cities; and a family of Kurdish farmers with a newfound taste of freedom. Oscar nominated, 2007

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Date: Saturday, October 2, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.

(2010, 93 min., rated R)
Directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

An “electrifying trip into combat and the hearts of men,” Restrepo follows the deployment of the U.S. Army's Second Platoon to the most dangerous place on earth—the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. With a deliberately apolitical approach, the directors sought solely to document the harrowing reality of soldiers' lives, and the result is a visceral journey into the war experience that has never before been seen. Winner of the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Documentary

Featuring a question-and-answer session with director Tim Hetherington

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War Photographer

Date: Sunday, October 3, 2010
Time: 3:00 p.m.

(2001, 96 min., 35 mm, no rating)
Directed by Christian Frei

War Photographer offers an elegant portrait of the modest, meticulous, and renowned photojournalist James Nachtwey at work in the field in Kosovo, the West Bank, and Indonesia. Footage from microcameras attached to Nachtwey's own still camera reveals his determined, quiet bravery and unshakable commitment to photography as a means of telling the difficult stories that are otherwise overlooked. Oscar nominated, 2002

Banner image: Manufacturing #17, Deda Chicken Processing Plant, Dehui City, Jilin Province, 2005. Photo: Edward Burtynsky

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