Top of the Docs #4 – 'Talking About Trees' and Cinema as Community

The history of a nation’s cinema is, of course, tied up in the history of a nation. Not every nation, however, has a history like Sudan. Split by civil war in 2011, the country is still in the midst of a power struggle and is often presented merely as a country bound to constant conflict.

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Top of the Docs #3 – 'Goshogaoka' and Ambient as a Documentary Genre

When we think of basketball, it’s hard not to think of pace. The game is hardwired to be fast and physically demanding, something obvious from watching even five minutes of a game. This combination of speed, athleticism and strategy is what forms the very core of basketball. And it is exactly those qualities that Goshogaoka lacks.

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Top of the Docs #2 – ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’, The Man Who Raised a Generation

The opening lyrics to ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ welcome viewers to the TV show as Fred Rogers and his warm smile enters the frame. Rogers was a father figure, the face of children’s TV, and an educator to a nation.

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Top of the Docs #1 – When the Levees Broke (2006, Spike Lee)

Hello everyone! Welcome to Top of the Docs! Where, rather than lip-synching, we instead look each week at a specific documentary we feel deserves its 15 minutes.

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