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IFC Center Focuses On Documentaries

Written by: FFT Webmaster | August 19th, 2011

New York’s IFC Center will focus on non-fiction films over the next three weeks, in their annual DocuWeeks program. The series presents weeklong theatrical engagements of the year’s best documentary films in Los Angeles and New York, helping the films to qualify for Academy Award consideration in the documentary feature and documentary short categories. DocuWeeks premiered in 1997, and over the past 14 years, the showcase has qualified over 160 short and feature-length films, yielding 20 nominations and seven Oscar winners. This year’s edition includes films from the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Russia, Afghanistan, South Korea and Thailand. Among the first films in the series over the next two weeks are BEING ELMO: A PUPPETER’S JOURNEY, a portrait of Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson; A BITTER TASTE OF FREEDOM, which covers the death of a Russian investigative journalist possibly by high ups in the political system; THE CARRIEER, a powerful and moving portrait of an African family torn apart by the AIDS epidemic; HELL AND BACK AGAIN, which focuses on a 25 year old Marine who  is wounded in Afghanistan; and TO BE HEARD, in which Bronx teenagers find their voice through a radical poetry workshop. For more information, visit: www.ifccenter.com

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