Source: The Wrap
1. Face Places – One of the last surviving filmmakers of the French New Wave, Agnès Varda turns her camera on herself and installation artist J.R. (her co-director of the film) as they travel around France plastering the faces of farmers on barns and factory workers on brick walls. Varda and J.R. celebrate people and their stories, the places we take for granted, and the spirit of creation and community.
2. Ex Libris: The New York Public Library – Legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes his camera everywhere from the gala fund-raisers and high-profile author appearances in Manhattan to after-school programs and job fairs in the Bronx for this portrait of this era’s most valuable currency, information, and an examination of who wields it and who can access it.
3. Whose Streets? – The smartphone is revolutionizing citizen journalism and documentary filmmaking; this look into the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the murder of Michael Brown has a fly-on-the-wall immediacy that’s breathtaking and heartbreaking.
4. The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson – Both a celebration of the life of the larger-than-life LGBT activist and an examination of the ongoing investigation into the circumstances behind her passing — the New York Police Department called it suicide, many are convinced it was murder — this latest work from David France (“How to Survive a Plague”) is a stirring call to action.
5. Chavela – The life and career of legendary Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas makes for fascinating viewing even if you aren’t familiar with her famous pipes or heartbreaking songs.
See #6 to #10 at The Wrap.
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