A Simple Question Belies Depths in ‘The Jinx’

Sometimes an interview question seems so simple that it belies the cultural depths that inform it. A question like this appears in Andrew Jarecki’s The Jinx: The Life and Murders of Robert Durst (2015). This six-episode HBO series retraces the unsolved murders linked to Durst through archival footage, reenactments, and interviews, including with Durst himself.… Read More A Simple Question Belies Depths in ‘The Jinx’

‘Sin by Silence’ Advocates without Losing Sight of Humanity

Individuals and their stories lie at the heart of social issues, and the best advocacy documentaries find ways to balance these stories against the larger issues without losing sight of those people’s humanity. For me, Sin by Silence and the advocacy accompanying it represent this balance well. Sin by Silence is a 2009 documentary directed by Olivia Klaus.… Read More ‘Sin by Silence’ Advocates without Losing Sight of Humanity