Movie Diary 11/8/2021

Flee (Jonas Poher Rasmussen, 2021). Documentary, animated except for newsreel material, about one man’s escape from Afghanistan years ago, and the reasons he needs to talk about it now. Compelling on every level, especially in describing the terrors of extra-legal immigration.

Attica (Stanley Nelson, Tracy Curry, 2021). Interviews with survivors of the 1971 uprising punctuate a staggering amount of news footage, and the movie builds its portrait of a disaster with immense patience. By the time you reach the footage of the law-enforcement officers celebrating the siege of the prison uprising and they start shouting “White power!”, it seems like the expected culmination of everything that’s come before.