The view from abroad is revealing, refreshing, and occasionally jarring. View six films — most of which have never been screened in the United States — and discuss their aims, strategies, choices, and ethics. Examine perennial issues of nonfiction filmmaking, such as point of view, journalism versus activism, truth versus representation, the imperatives and conventions of narrative (i.e., storytelling), and aesthetic choices.
Michael Fox is a journalist and film critic at KQED.org/arts, Oakland magazine, and The (East Bay) Monthly. He curates and hosts the CinemaLit series at the Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco and teaches documentary courses at OLLI at SF State. In 2015 Fox was inducted into Essential SF, the SF Film Society’s ongoing compilation of “local cinematic luminaries.”