People in the West rarely get to see films from North Korea, let alone Cuba or Vietnam. Film festivals are often the only source for cinema from the "forbidden" Communist countries.
Director Tamara Erde investigated both the Israeli and Palestinian public school systems, with access to teachers, students and administrators on both sides of the Wall.
Documentaries at the Toronto International Film Festival come from all corners of the globe, covering a wide range of subjects, and many are of interest to the progressive community.
Esquire editor Harold Hayes was arguably to magazines what famous literary editor Maxwell Perkins (editor for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe) was to novels.
My movie buddy went to see "Gone Girl" with her book club, so I recruited a professor friend of mine to see "The Liberator" with.
Put seasoned actors like John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, and Marisa Tomei together in a film, and guaranteed there'll be a certain amount of movie magic.
Was I watching something with themes that applied to a swath of a generation of young people who can't bear their lives and see no hope of effecting change?
Another side of one of Britain's best known actors, film directors and producers who was true to his socialist principles and who supported so many good and progressive causes.
Writer and director Richard Linklater's latest release had an intriguing gestation, filmed in and around Houston over a twelve-year timeframe from 2002 to 2013.
Having conducted an extraordinarily unpredictable life, reviewing some 6000 films, Ebert lived his own movie.