March 31, 2017 | POV’s list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

In The Documentary ‘Karl Marx City,’ A Grim But Enlightening Homecoming
Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, documentary filmmaker Petra Epperlein had painful personal reasons to return from the United States, where she now lives, to her hometown of Chemnitz in what was once East Germany. The city had been renamed Karl Marx City under the German Democratic Republic, a Soviet satellite from just after World War II. A decade after the Wall came down in 1989, Epperlein’s beloved father destroyed all his papers and hung himself from a tree in the family’s garden, leaving Epperlein and her twin brothers with lingering suspicions that their father may have been an agent of the GDR’s notorious Stasi secret service.
Read more | NPR »

CAAMFest 17 Celebrates 35 Years of Resistance
CAAMFest 17, which ran March 9-19 in the San Francisco Bay Area, looked back at some of the most powerful documentaries created by Asian Americans. It rightfully patted its parent organization, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), on the back for helping conceive these films as well – creating a legacy of resistance that must inspire us today.
Read more | Documentary »

Celebrate Black Women in Comedy With VH1’s New Documentary, All Jokes Aside
As Women’s History Month comes to an end, VH1 is celebrating the achievements of black women in the world of comedy with a new documentary.All Jokes Aside: Black Women In Comedy features a host of talented ladies—including Martin‘s Tichina Arnold and Insecure‘s Yvonne Orji—discussing how they deal with racism, sexism and the lack of representation in the industry.
Read more | People »

Oscilloscope Rounds Out Growing Documentary Slate with ‘Night School’ and ‘Santoalla’ — Exclusive
Oscilloscope Laboratories has rounded out their ever-growing documentary slate with the recent purchase of Andrew Cohn’s Night School and Andrew Becker and Daniel Mehrer’s Santoalla, and the indie distributor is planning summer releases for both features.
Read more | IndieWire »

The Doc10 Film Festival Offers an Alternative to Alternative Facts
Doc10, organized by Chicago Media Project, takes a more measured approach: ten documentaries, all receiving their Chicago premieres, over the course of four days at the Music Box and the Davis Theater.
Read more | Chicago Reader »

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