THE TILLMAN STORY (Amir Bar-Lev, 2010)

The Tillman Story, which won the documentary prize of the San Francisco critics, is another sharp, powerful work by U.S. documentarian Amir Bar-Lev. While it refers specifically to official lies regarding the death of a soldier, a high-profile celebrity, in Afghanistan, and the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld Administration’s and the U.S. military’s subsequent exploitation of his memory to […]

SWEETGRASS (Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, 2009)

Spousal team Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash have made an uneven although intermittently very beautiful documentary encapsulating the twilight of the American cowboy—an elegy for the Old West. Actually, Sweetgrass deals with aging sheepherders, not cow herders, in Montana as they direct their 3000-head herd for 150 miles over expansive fields and daunting mountains to […]