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Connections: How should we watch and judge documentaries?


According to Rolling Stone, 2020 was a strong year for documentaries, and the release of various high-profile docs this year indicates the trend is continuing. Some films are transparent in their aims -- journalistic, social justice-oriented, etc. -- while others are less obvious. With that in mind, through what lens should viewers watch or judge these films?

Our guests this hour offer their expertise, and we discuss a number of recent documentaries. Our guests:

  • Linda Moroney, filmmaker, and director and programmer for the One Take Documentary Film Series
  • Ambarien Alqadar, filmmaker, and assistant professor in the School of Film and Animation at RIT
  • Matthew Mann, video producer and documentary filmmaker
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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.