A Documentary Monument: Karamay

Karamay is a staggering documentary about a tragedy that killed nearly 300 schoolchildren in China. The children were performing on stage for local officials when a fire broke out in the theater. The ...

A Documentary Monument: Karamay

Karamay is a staggering documentary about a tragedy that killed nearly 300 schoolchildren in China. The children were performing on stage for local officials when a fire broke out in the theater. The ...

Slow Walks, Half Truths and Red Bull: Being a Joint Account on the Viff Experience

What follows is an exchange between Josh Timmermann (a fellow critic and Vancouver resident, who you may recall from this) and I, wherein we discuss the Vancouver International Film Festival and its ...

Constructive Discontent: Two Independent Docs from China

Xu Xin’s 6-hour testament video, Karamay, which I saw at the Vancouver International Film Festival in October, works forcefully through the aggregate weight of testimonies of indignant misery and ...

The Daily Notebook's 3rd Writers' Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2010

With 2010 only a week over, it already feels like best-of and top-ten lists have been pouring in for months, and we’re already tired of them: the ranking, the exclusions (and inclusions), the rules ...