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USA, 2003 (MIFF 2003, Documentaries)

Director: Frederick Wiseman

For the past 35 years, Frederick Wiseman has meticulously documented a unique and penetrating view of American social relations and the institutions that try to mediate them. In Domestic Violence, also screening this year at MIFF, he turned his perceptive eye on police responses to brutal abuse calls and women and children being counselled at a shelter. The follow-up, Domestic Violence 2, concentrates on couples and individuals trying to seek resolution through the courts, where judges attempt to devise permanent solutions to problems that have been perpetrated for generations.

Filmed in Tampa, Florida, this southern US city serves as a microcosm for an issue that transcends country borders. Employing his trademark style, eschewing narration and allowing the camera and editing to reveal the repercussions of his daunting subject. Wiseman further cements his status as one of the world's preeminent documentarians.

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USA, 1983
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First Footage

France, 1984
As a result of assiduous research, Levy has uncovered footage from the first films of the masters of documentary: (oris Ivens Olga Alexandrova Vertova, lean Rouch Frederick Wiseman and Nagisa Oshima … More »


USA, 1975
Welfare is the ninth in a series of documentary films about American institutions by Frederick Wiseman. His films since 1967 include studies of the law, the medical profession, schools, the military … More »


USA, 1976
Frederick Wiseman's documentary, Welfare, was screened at last year's Melbourne Film Festival, Meat is his ninth film, a study of one of America's largest meat processing works It is located in Greel… More »


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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