Intersection - True/False Preview Including I Am Not Your Negro and Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Feb 28, 2017

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This week on Intersection, we speak with the directors of several films in the 2017 True/False Film Festival. This year’s festival marks the thirteenth consecutive gathering of documentary filmmakers in Columbia. Conversations include Hebert Peck of I Am Not Your Negro and Petra and Peter Lataster, directors of Miss Kiet’s Children.

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Reporter Elena Rivera talked with Petra and Peter Lataster, directors of Miss Kiet’s Children. Filmed completely from a child’s point of view, the documentary follows three Syrian refugee children through their journey in a Dutch school alongside their teacher, Miss Kiet.

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Claire Banderas interviewed Lauren Checkoway, who directed, edited and produced the short film Edith + Eddie. The film follows the oldest interracial newlyweds in America through struggles with the court appointed guardian system.

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Reporter Ana Perez spoke with a producer of the Oscar nominated film I Am Not Your Negro, Hebert Peck. The film focuses on the story of James Baldwin, and explores racism and class.

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In Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, director Steve James focuses on the story of a small, family-owned bank in Chinatown in New York City. Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown was the only bank to face criminal charges after the 2008 financial crisis. The film follows the Sung Family during their five year legal battle.

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Reporter Michaela Tucker interviewed Stacey Woelfel, director of the Jonathan B. Murray Documentary Journalism Center at the Missouri School of Journalism, about this year’s festival.

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Intersection's producers are Claire Banderas, Kelly Palecek, Abby Ivory-Ganja and Collin Krabbe. Our host is Sara Shahriari.