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Andrew Sarris introduces
General Idi Amin Dada
Saturday, February 10, 2:00 p.m.* Introduced by Andrew Sarris

1974, 90 mins. Imported 35mm print. Directed by Barbet Schroeder.

The 1974 study of the Ugandan dictator and butcher of 400,000 real and paranoically perceived enemies is as mesmerizing today as it was 32 years ago. Forest Whitaker’s uncanny incarnation of the Ugandan Strong Man in Kevin Macdonald’s current biopic, The Last King of Scotland, adds new resonance to Schroeder’s achievement. –Andrew Sarris, The New York Observer

Official Website: http://ammi.org/site/screenings/pages/2007/index_critics.html

Added by Fumio on February 1, 2007



also on the same day:

Marshall Fine introduces
American Dream
Post-film discussion with Barbara Kopple
Saturday, February 10, 4:30 p.m.

1991, 98 mins., 16mm. Directed by Cathy Caplan, Thomas Haneke, Barbara Kopple, Lawrence Silk. The labor movement was meant to help the working class in its pursuit of the American dream. But as Barbara Kopple’s Oscar-winning (and ironically titled) documentary shows, the idea of the “American dream” took a painful Alice-in-Wonderland turn during the Reagan years. In this searing, probing film, Kopple examines the effects of corporate greed, union politics, and the realities of putting bread on the table in a small Minnesota town, which is torn apart by what turns into a protracted strike at the Hormel meat-packing plant. –Marshall Fine, Star

Barbara Kopple introduces
Shut up and Sing
Saturday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.

2006, 99 mins., 35mm. Directed by Barbara Kopple, Cecilia Peck. When Natalie Maines, the lead singer of The Dixie Chicks, told a London audience shortly after the Iraq war started, “We’re embarrassed that the President is from Texas,” the group found themselves under immediate attack from the right-wing media. Kopple’s documentary offers an astonishingly candid inside view of the firestorm as it unfolds.