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Two Participant Films On List Of '10 Documentaries You Need To See This Summer'

Refinery 29 includes Participant's The Look of Silence and 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets on its list of 10 summer must-see documentaries.

10 Documentaries You Need To See This Summer

Refinery 29  - June 12, 2015


The Look of Silence
Now in limited release

This one has already been hailed as one of the summer's most anticipated documentaries. Joshua Oppenheimer follows up his powerful 2012 film, The Act of Killing, with a companion piece about a family that suffered devastating loss during the Indonesian genocide of 1965. Like the director’s previous film, the new one is not easy to watch, but it will open your eyes to a chapter in history about which too many of us know too little.

3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets
June 19

This harrowing, timely film directed by Marc Silver focuses on the murder of Jordan Davis, an unarmed 17-year-old black teenager who, in 2012, was shot to death at a Florida gas station by a white customer after they argued over the volume of Davis’ music. An unflinching look at racism and the American justice system, 3 1Ž2 Minutes, Ten Bullets is vital viewing in the age of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, and Freddy Gray. (HBO will also air the Sundance prize-winning doc in the fall.) Read more here.

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