Can a documentary change your life?

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Review
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Culture

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing (2012) changed the way we think about documentary. But, peeling back those fabricated layers, what the film really shows is the falsity of history: a series of stories told by, at best, unreliable narrators, and at worst, ideological tyrants.

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Review
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Politics
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Two visions of North Korea

Denis Rodman’s visit to the north of Korea, for all its particular oddities, and for all the awkward sadness such a sudden and public disclosure of alcoholism brings, fitted neatly into a comfortable, familiar pattern. North of the 38th parallel is, in the Western imagination, the realm of Great Men and the theory of history named in their honour.

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Polemic
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Culture
Politics

Freedom and its enemies

Have you heard how section 18C of the federal Racial Discrimination Act allows the government to ban books and to detain people for two weeks without charge? Actually, that’s not 18C. It’s Australia’s anti-terror legislation – and you probably haven’t heard about it, since none of the supposed liberty-lovers bleating about the RDA show any interest whatsoever about the extraordinary infringements on basic democratic rights currently in place.

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Article

Issue 214

Contents Regulars Jacinda Woodhead – Editorial Alison Croggon Mel Campbell Giovanni Tiso Stephen Wright Contributors FEATURES Avan Judd Stallard Welcome to Curtin Working in a detention centre BJ Thomason A slippery bastard The many legends of Breaker Morant Jeff sparrow…

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Review
Category
Culture

Grizzled detectives and women’s bodies

Long before it was a television series, True Detective was the name of an American magazine that specialised in lurid, sensationalised stories of real-life crimes, often told from the point-of-view of the grizzled police veterans who investigated them.