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USA, 2001 (MIFF 2002, Documentaries)

Director: Frederick Wiseman

"The world of reality television wouldn't exist without Frederick Wiseman's lingering examinations of fragments of society. And those who've grown up watching such programs should look at this film to see what it's like to investigate a scene without being rushed. Wiseman's relaxed detachment is integral to the way the stories unfold in Domestic Violence. Ten minutes into the film you'll be white-knuckled and unable to look away." - The New York Times

"This exploration of a Tampa, Florida shelter for battered women, of the world of spousal abuse - and of the victims, predators, police and counselors all drawn into its orbit - is a unique experience and a harrowing one.

"On the surface, it's often oddly calm. Inwardly, it's always seething with latent violence. It's one of Wiseman's great documentaries - on a level with his classics High School, Welfare and The Titicut Follies. And its not an easy film to watch, though most people who do see it will find it impossible to forget." - Metro Mix

Frederick Wiseman (born in Boston, USA, 1930) is one of the world's most renowned documentary makers. Since 1967 he has created over 30 films examining social issues and institutions. Titles include the landmark Titicut Follies (1967), Law and Order (1969), Juvenile Court (1973), Near Death (1989), Ballet (MIFF 1996) and Public Housing (1997).

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First Footage

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USA, 1975
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USA, 1976
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USA, 1995
... ... Veteran documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman turns his rigorous gaze on the cultural institution of classical dance in Ballet, an epic account of days and nights with the premier US nation… More »

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