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Event Pick: Kazuhiro Soda Master Class

January 04, 2011 by in Journalism, Philadelphia Weekly

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Philadelphia Weekly, January 4, 2011

Forget the ham-fisted stunts of Michael Moore and other soapbox documentarians. Kazuhiro Soda’s frank, taboo-busting “observational documentaries” immerse viewers in the action, forgoing dictatorial narration in favor of allowing the audience to form their own opinions about what they’re viewing, be it the operations of a Japanese mental-health clinic or the machinations of a local election. Tonight, Soda conducts a master class about his Buddhist-inspired, cinéma vérité filmmaking, introducing Philadelphians to the zen and no-frills honesty that has guided his oeuvre. For homework and follow-up, head to International House for the Monday night screening of Soda’s 2008 documentary Campaign and Tuesday night’s Mental, his disarmingly candid exploration of psychiatry in a society that associates mental illness with shame. (Lauren Smith)

Tuesday Jan. 11. 5pm. $15-$25. Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut St. 215.222.4201scribe.org

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