By C.J. Hirschfield “I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar,” enthused the director of a 2019 short subject documentary as she accepted her prize. Welcome to the golden age of the documentary, as people clamor for great nonfiction films.
By C.J. Hirschfield Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said that “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” In Oakland, a remarkable woman warrior for social justice has worked hard–and successfully– to bend that arc over a ten-year period, and a new documentary reminds us just how powerful one passionate […]
Part Two- What I Will Be Seeing By Meredith Brody May 4, 2022 I learned my lesson early with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival: GO TO EVERYTHING. The first year I attended, I cherry-picked only the movies I hadn’t seen before. The ones I went to were such a revelation – both in the […]
By C.J. Hirschfield April 27, 2022 A monument to circus showman P.T. Barnum stands in Reid Davenport’s hometown of Bethel, Connecticut. “He got a pedestal,” says the director of I DIDN’T SEE YOU THERE, the new documentary at the 65th SFFILM Festival, while the disabled filmmaker’s perspective is from the sidewalk. The film, a meditative […]
By C.J. Hirschfield April 21, 2022 (updated April 23) Just as the Academy Award-nominated feature documentary ATTICA effectively used historical footage and interviews with key participants to illustrate our country’s history of systemic racism, so too does the excellent new documentary AMERICAN JUSTICE ON TRIAL.
By C.J. Hirschfield March 30, 2022 Last month, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a letter calling on professionals, including teachers and doctors, to report parents who give their trans children gender-affirming care. And even though the ACLU says it’s not legally binding, it is just another in a long line of assaults on trans and […]