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Japanese American Filmmaker Discovers Her Mother’s Secrets

Rea Tajiri knew she would eventually lose her mother to dementia. What she didn’t know was how much of her mother she would find.

The unraveling of memories and intimate discoveries of her mother’s inner world that would otherwise be forgotten in a shroud of silence, come to life in Wisdom Gone Wild — an evocative, nostalgic documentary that follows Rea’s 16-year caregiving journey. read more.

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The Incredible Story of Shirkers Director Sandi Tan

Six years ago today, Shirkers shook up the film world when it was released on Netflix. A daring documentary about the making and losing of an earlier documentary, this truly unique film was created by an eighteen-year-old, and then a later forty-six-year-old, Sandi Tan.  If you’re confused, read on to hear an incredible story. read more.

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Neasa Ní Chianáin: A Whistleblower Documentarian with Heart

On this day in 2016, School Life, a heartwarming documentary about the last remaining boarding school for primary age children in Ireland, was released in theaters. This film was directed by Neasa Ní Chianáin, whose career has included many gems, including this one. 

Neasa Ní Chianáin is an Irish documentary filmmaker whose work has ranged from controversial to beloved.read more.

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Gail Freedman Documents the Joyful & Tragic in Real Life

Today FF2 will be highlighting the work of director Gail Freedman, best known for her documentary Too Hot to Trot. Released on this day in 2018, Too Hot to Trot follows two sets of dance partners through the joyful, fast-paced world of queer ballroom dance.

Gail Freedman’s career defies any one particular interest.read more.

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Julia Reichert’s Historical Documentaries Make History

To celebrate the release of American Factory on this day in 2019, we’re taking a look back at its director Julia Reichert’s incredible career. 

Julia Reichert was an American filmmaker and activist. In the late sixties, Julia began her lifelong involvement with interviewing and storytelling, and with feminism.read more.

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Documentary Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki Commits to Nuanced Truth

Five years ago today was the US release of A Whale of a Tale, a fascinating and well-made documentary about the whaling industry in Taiji, Japan, created by filmmaker Megumi Sasaki. 

Megumi Sasaki is a filmmaker and author. Born and raised in Japan, Megumi moved to New York City when she was 26. She began her career as a journalist, working in both Japanese television and print.read more.

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