True False 2017

(Image of Syrians protesting from "The War Show")

The level of violence against civilians in the Syrian civil war has made it extraordinarily difficult for journalists to cover. That's meant many of the images we have from inside Syria come from citizen journalists documenting the conflict on their smartphones.

That technique is used to great effect in "The War Show," a documentary about the conflict that screened at the True/False Film Festival in Missouri and premiered on U.S. television on PBS last month.

 Yet rather than focus on the war's gruesome violence, "The War Show" shines a light on the emotional toll of the conflict on its protagonist Obaydah and other young Syrians.

On this special edition of Global Journalist we present an extended interview with producer and Syrian refugee Alaa Hassan. In the interview, Hassan discusses how the internal lives of Syria's young people changed as hope-filled protests turned to a dark cycle of violence.


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On this two-part edition of Global Journalist, we look at political corruption in Malaysia and a controversial new film about migration to Europe.

In Malaysia, the country's politics have been in turmoil for two years amid a corruption scandal involving the prime minister and allegations of money laundering in a government investment fund known as 1MDB.

Joining the program to talk about why the allegations have received little coverage in the southeast Asian nation's media is Nicholas Cheng of the Malaysian newspaper The Star.

In a separate interview, the Dutch filmmaker Guido Hendrikx speaks about his new film "Stranger in Paradise," a hard-edged look at how migrants are received in Europe. The film has shown at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and the 2017 True/False Film Festival in Missouri.


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All Columbia Public School 10th-graders will get the chance to participate in an exclusive True/False experience.

Through funding by the Media Literacy Initiative, a 3-year grant started last year by the Columbia Public Schools Foundation and Ragtag Film Society, the students will see the 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” Friday.

Yance Ford

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

When an unarmed black man is killed, who has the right to tell his story?

 

That's the question filmmaker Yance Ford wrestles with for much of Strong Island, a film ten years in the making. The film centers around Ford's older brother William. William was shot to death while confronting a man in an auto repair shop in 1992. Though William was unarmed at the time, his killer was never put to trial.

 

 


This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Meteorites flying through the sky, bear cubs running down the highway, trucks exploding in flames just feet away from other drivers - all of these scenes have been caught on the dash cam footage of cars throughout Russia and the former Soviet Union. Drivers often post those videos to YouTube, creating viral videos that are viewed around the world.

 

 

 


Florent Vassault

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 follows one woman as she struggles to come to terms with the decision she and her fellow jurors made twenty years ago sentencing Bobby Wilcher to death. When Wilcher was executed in 2006, Lindy had been his only visitor.

 

Theo Anthony

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Some people might be disgusted to find a rat stuck in their trash can, but when filmmaker Theo Anthony came home one night, he saw it as way to tell a story.

 


 

Petra Lataster-Czich and Peter Lataster

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Directors Petra Lataster-Czich and Peter Lataster started out making Miss Kiet’s Children with the intention of creating a love letter to education as a profession. When they found their film’s subject, the stern yet compassionate primary school teacher Kiet Engels, they realized they were making a much different film than they planned.

 


This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Raoul Peck read about James Baldwin for the first time in high school. He became enraptured with the view of the world through the lens of Baldwin. Throughout his life and his career as a filmmaker, he carried this view, which crept up now and then in the projects he began to work on. His passion for the social activist’s work acted as the inspiration for the creation of the film, I’m Not Your Negro.

 

 


 

Steve James

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York was the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges after the 2008 financial crisis. The Sungs are forced to defend the legacy of their family throughout a five year legal battle.

 

Laura Checkoway

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

Edith + Eddie tells the love story of America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Edith, 96, and Eddie, 95, are avid dancers and pillars in their community church.

 

Travis Wilkerson

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

The idea for Travis Wilkerson’s film Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? started among the whispers and legend of his family’s secrets.  

 


Sompot Chidgasornpongse

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

As the train bursts past dense forests and slows through quiet villages, Railway Sleepers by director Sompot Chidgasornpongse takes its audience on a journey through Thailand. Shot entirely on a train over the space of several years, the film brings its audience on board and offers a glimpse into the lives and conversations of its passengers.

 


Claire Simon

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

 

French director Claire Simon is set to receive the True Vision Award at this year’s True/False festival. The award will honor Simon’s 30-year career and, along with her latest release Graduations, the festival will be showing a collection of the director’s work.