Hot Docs International Associate Programmer Shaka Licorish explains the highs and lows of programming a festival, and how Ava DuVernay's 13TH recently made it to the top of his list of favourite docs:
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE DOCUMENTARY OF ALL TIME? *
Until recently, Eugene Jarecki's THE HOUSE I LIVE IN was at the top of my list. It presents a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, and reveals several profound implications about U.S. drug policy and the country's infamous "war on drugs." Then I saw Ava DuVernay's 13TH - a comprehensive, in-depth assessment of the U.S. prison system and its longstanding policies and practices that reflect a history of racial inequality. Both films are incredibly effective in their delivery and presentation of the facts surrounding a disturbing socio-political issue.
Q: WHAT IS THE #1 MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOUR JOB?
That I mindlessly watch films. To the contrary, the screening process is intense. When you watch something engaging that offers new perspective or stimulates critical thought, it can be rewarding and create a feeling of triumph or even elation. However, when you watch something that neglects to do so, you almost feel cheated, frustrated, and robbed of hours of your life you'll never get back. *
Q: WHAT DO YOU WATCH FOR FUN?
ESPN Films/30 for 30/NFL Films. I admire the cinematic ways in which ESPN and NFL Films are able to merge incredible archival footage with the back stories of infamous players, games, and moments in (sports) history. *
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