Film & TV

Field of Vision – The Moderators

In an office in India, a cadre of Internet moderators ensures that social media sites are not taken over by bots, scammers, and pornographers. The Moderators shows the humans behind content moderation, taking viewers into the training process that workers go through in order to become social media’s monitors.

6 Photojournalists on Conflict, Loss, and Redemption

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Conflict, available now on Netflix, comprises six episodes. Photographers Pete Muller, Joao Silva, Donna Ferrato, Nicole Tung, Robin Hammond, and Eros Hoagland are each given seven minutes or less to explain, justify, or simply to testify to the years they’ve spent on the frontline of some of the world’s deepest traumas. The entire series is barely 35 minutes, and those minutes go by in the blink of an eye, but—like the photographs made by its heroes and heroines—they stick around for a while.

See the First Trailer for the Robert Frank Documentary, Don’t Blink

The Laura Israel-directed Don’t Blink made its world premier last fall during the New York Film Festival and according to our reviewer Judy Gelman Myers, the documentary offers a multifaceted view of the photographer so well known for The Americans. “This is Robert Frank the funny guy, the experimental filmmaker, the fan of the ’60s Beat scene,” she wrote.

The Golden Age of Hand-Painted Film Posters from Ghana

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When Frank Armah began painting posters for Ghanaian movie theaters in the mid-1980s, he was given a clear mandate: Sell as many tickets as possible. If the movie was gory, the poster should be gorier (skulls, blood, skulls dripping blood). If it was sexy, make the poster sexier (breasts, lots of them, ideally at least watermelon-sized). And when in doubt, throw in a fish. Or don’t you rememberthe human-sized red fish lunging for James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me?

Don McCullin at War

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The documentary film “McCullin” by Jacqui Morris had its American debut at the Museum of Modern Art this week, and an updated version of the book “Don McCullin” was reissued this year by Aperture.

Mr. McCullin, who is represented by Contact Press Images, spoke this week with Michael Kamber, who has photographed conflict in Africa and the Middle East for The New York Times and is the founder of the Bronx Documentary Center. Their conversation has been edited.

Trailer for Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

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The Land Art movement was part of the anti-gallery uprising of iconoclastic artists in the 1960s and 1970s. This new film by James Crump is an excellent primer, and it features the movement’s largely-reticent voices, including Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria, and Michael Heizer.

Must see: Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis‘ Bitter Lake is a phenomenal documentary exploring the recent war in Afghanistan through the intertwining histories of the US, Britain, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, especially through their various economic, cultural, and political interests

Blow Up by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966

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A successful mod photographer in London whose world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana, and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing. Then he meets a mysterious beauty, and also notices something frightfully suspicious on one of his photographs of her taken in a park. The fact that he may have photographed a murder does not occur to him until he studies and then blows up his negatives, uncovering details, blowing up smaller and smaller elements, and finally putting the puzzle together.

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