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From the Academy Award-winning director of “Citizenfour” comes a compelling new portrait of whistle blower Julian Assange. Filmed over six years, “Risk” is a character study that collides with a high stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story, director Laura Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle.
Godfrey Reggio’s ‘Visitors’ is a compelling and provocative meditation on our fixation with screen-based media. Set to a compelling score by Phillip Glass, the film expands on his central themes of the hypnotic nature of technology and drives the point home with artful imagery.
Ever since Hiroshima we’ve known the dangers of radioactivity. Its atomic potential, its deadly leakage, and the difficult issue of waste disposal, amongst other crucial detracting considerations. But could nuclear power in fact be the solution to global warming? Sundance Film Festival hit “Pandora’s Promise” makes a convincing argument supporting the view that nuclear energy, such as uranium, is in fact Earth’s greenest choice for an energy source. In “Pandora’s Promise”, director Robert Stone and his team of experts including Stewart Brand, Gwyneth Cravens and Mark Lynas set about proving that nuclear power is much more clean, and less dangerous, than traditional fossil fuels.
Programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz has his fingerprints all over the internet – he was integral to the development of the basic internet protocol RSS and co-founded the global social news and entertainment website Reddit. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and politics combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. ‘The Internet’s Own Boy’ is a personal story about what we lose when we ignore the implications of technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.