Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary

Overview

Documentary's most important names -- including Albert Mayles, Errol Morris, and Werner Herzog -- discuss their craft in this cinematic celebration of the nonfiction film. Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary spans the modern history of the genre, boasting more than 100 clips from films as disparate as Grey Gardens and Touching the Void. Plus, dozens of directors offer their insight into their efforts to document real life. ~ Kimber Myers
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Overview

Documentary's most important names -- including Albert Mayles, Errol Morris, and Werner Herzog -- discuss their craft in this cinematic celebration of the nonfiction film. Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary spans the modern history of the genre, boasting more than 100 clips from films as disparate as Grey Gardens and Touching the Void. Plus, dozens of directors offer their insight into their efforts to document real life. ~ Kimber Myers
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Special Features

Bonus Disc with Approx. 4 Hours of Additional Filmmaker Interviews
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • UPC: 720229913966
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,094

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Baichwal Participant
Manfred Becker Participant
Michel Brault Participant
Nick Broomfield Participant
Joan Churchill Participant
Malcolm Clarke Participant
Eduardo Coutinho Participant
Paul Cowan Participant
Jean-Xavier de Lestrade Participant
Molly Dineen Participant
Jennifer Fox Participant
Denis Gheerbrant Participant
Serge Giguere Participant
Patricio Guzmán Participant
Werner Herzog Participant
Scott Hicks Participant
Heddy Honigmann Participant
Sylvain L'Espérance Participant
Jean-Daniel Lafond Participant
Jean-Pierre Lledo Participant
Kim Longinotto Participant
Kevin Macdonald Participant
Catherine Martin Participant
Albert Maysles Participant
Errol Morris Participant
Stan Newmann Participant
Alanis Obomsawin Participant
Laura Poitras Participant
Emmanuel Priou Participant
Velcrow Ripper Participant
Hubert Sauper Participant
Rakesh Sharma Participant
Claire Simon Participant
Barry Stevens Participant
Sabiha Sumar Participant
Nettie Wild Participant
Peter Wintonick Participant
Jessica Yu Participant
Technical Credits
Pepita Ferrari Director
André Boisvert Sound/Sound Designer
Barbara Brown Editor
Marc Gadoury Cinematographer
Robert Marcel Lepage Score Composer
Michelle van Beusekom Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary
2. Becoming a Filmmaker [2:28]
3. What is Documentary? [5:37]
4. Where Do Ideas Come From? [7:00]
5. Planning & Preparation [5:12]
6. Casting from Real Life [5:51]
7. Director & Subject Relationship [2:50]
8. The Art of the Interview [8:14]
9. Truth: A Contested Notion [4:52]
10. Ethics: Representing Reality [4:53]
11. Risk & Adversity [3:23]
12. Access & Trust [4:09]
13. Getting the Shots [9:37]
14. The Power of Images [3:29]
15. Recreating Reality [5:41]
16. Designing Sound [4:31]
17. Music: Enhancement or Intrusion? [6:07]
18. Narration: A Voice in Your Ear [2:06]
19. Cutting Reality: The Art of Editing [6:35]
20. Epilogue [3:05]
21. Credits [1:23]
Disc #2 -- Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary
1. Jennifer Baichwal [1:21]
2. Manfred Becker [:00]
3. Michel Brault [1:04]
4. Nick Broomfield [:00]
5. Joan Churchhill [1:08]
6. Malcolm Clarke [:00]
7. Eduardo Coutinho [:51]
8. Paul Cowan [:00]
9. Jean-Xavier de Lestrade [1:06]
10. Molly Dineen [:00]
11. Jennifer Cox [1:01]
12. Serge Giguère [:00]
13. Denis Gheerbrant [3:06]
14. Patricio Guzmán [:00]
15. Werner Herzog [1:17]
16. Scott Hicks [:00]
17. Heddy Honigmann [1:19]
18. Jean-Daniel Lafond [:00]
19. Sylvain L'Espérance [:32]
20. Jean-Pierre Lledo [:00]
21. Kim Longinotto [:58]
22. Kevin Macdonald [:00]
23. Catherine Martin [:59]
24. Albert Maysles [:00]
25. Errol Morris [:41]
26. Stan Neumann [:00]
27. Laura Poitras [:58]
28. Emmanuel Priou [:00]
29. Velcrow Ripper [1:44]
30. Hubert Sauper [:00]
31. Rakesh Sharma [:51]
32. Claire Simon [:00]
33. Barry Stevens [:49]
34. Sabiha Sumar [:00]
35. Nettie Wild [:41]
36. Peter Wintonick [:00]
37. Jessica Yu [1:07]
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Disc #1 -- Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary
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Disc #2 -- Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary
   Capturing Reality - The Art of Documentary
      Filmmakers
            A Creative Engagement with the World
            On Chris Marker's Sans Soleil
            Being Ready to Abandon the Plan
            I Can't Stand B-Roll
            Working Sound and Picture Together
            Director as Immune System of the Film
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            Biography
            Filmography
            Reinventing Reality
            Editor as Therapist
            A Place Called Chiapas: "We Thought We'd Nailed It"
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            Biography
            Filmography
            Sound Meets Image
            Wrestling: A Chance Encounter That Changed an Idea
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            The Limitations Of Verité
            The Advantage of Re-Interviewing
            Meeting Aileen Wuornos
            Showing the Context of Everyday Life
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            Building a Rapport
            The Intuitive Camera
            Shooting: The Art of Anticipation
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            Portraying Evil
            It's All About Respecting Your Subjects
            Giving Voice to Bad Guys
            The Ideal Cameraperson
            The Importance of Happy Accidents
            "You Shouldn't Trick 'em"
            Narration: Of Mortar, Bridges and Glue
            The Battle between Word and Image
            "The Editor Basically has to tolerate me"
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            Inventing Oneself for the Camera
            The Character, The Place, The Moment
            It's Not a Friendship
            Interviewing: Telling It for the First Time
            "I'm Not the Same Because I Have a Camera"
            Filming: It's a Relationship
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            Entering Other Worlds
            Looking for Conflict
            A Sticky Situation in the Congo
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            The Origin of The Staircase
            Staying True to "Reality"
            The Outsider's Advantage
            Framing Your Subject
            Leaving Space for Emotional Engagement
            Editing as Sculpture
            The Opening: Creating Intrigue
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            Biography
            Filmography
            From Tea Girl to Film School
            Six Months Lost on the London Underground
            "Part of you is thinking, God That's Bloody Sad"
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            "I Thought We Were Stealing Stories"
            Finding a Reliable Guide
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            A Dream Come True
            Leonard Helmrich: Creating Poetry
            An Improvisational Approach
            Playing the Role of One's Life
            A Passion for Shooting Hand-Held
            9, St-Augustin: Mise-en-Scène Inspired by Real Life
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            Director-Subject-Spectator
            Compassion: The Doorway to Voyeurism
            A Confrontation of Fiction
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            Our Own Take on Reality
            The Great Archive of Humanity
            The Battle of Chile: Continuing the Debate
            Reality is Chaos
            The Battle of Chile: Bringing Order to Chaos
            The Music of Everyday Life
            The Battle of Chile: Chris Marker to the Rescue
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            Biography
            Filmography
            Dr. Fu Manchu: A Decisive Moment
            Risk: The Fine Line
            "If It Explodes, We'll Have at Least One Spectacular Image!"
            I Memorize the Entire Footage
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            Agitation of the Mind
            Asking the Right Questions
            "What's Your Story?"
            Lessons Learned with the Chinese Army
            See the Music, Hear the Image
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            The Underground Orchestra: Anatomy of a Scene
            Biography
            Filmography
            Making Sense of the World
            Sound = Picture
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            Form and Content: An Intimate Relationship
            A Dialogue with the Audience
            Cinéma Verité: A Moment in History
            Johan van der Keuken: Breaking the Barriers
            The Aimless Wanderer
            The Director as Outsider
            Trust & Artistic Control
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            Violence in the Absence of Images
            Biography
            Filmography
            Divorce Iranian Style: Moving Beyond Stereotypes
            Divorce Iranian Style: Casting Judge Deldar
            Divorce Iranian Style: Free to Be Themselves
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            Biography
            Filmography
            When We Were Kings and Thinking Big
            "The Wonder of the Variety of Real Life"
            Jennings, Morris & Maysales
            Getting Past Self-Image
            Using People's Lives as Your Raw Material
            The Power of the Close-Up
            Touching the Void: Making It as Real as Possible
            I Never Get Tired of the Magic of Editing
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            Following Intuition
            A Relationship of Exchange
            There's a Camera in the Room
            Leaving Space for Imagination
            Creating Reality with Sound
            Why Use Music?
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            The Human Need to Disclose
            The Importance of Being an Observer
            Two Extremes to Avoid
            "Stay With It!"
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            Breaking The Rules
            "Born to Babble"
            The Fog of War: Interviewing McNamara
            The Robert S. McNamara Homework Assignment
            The Thin Blue Line: A Rather Circuitous Path Into a Story
            The Thin Blue Line: Reenacting P.O.V.'s
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            It Has To Be Personal
            Informational Bulimia
            Is It Really A Film?
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            It's Like Writing a Novel
            My Country, My Country: "Not a Film About Me In Iraq"
            "Have You Accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Your Savior?"
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            The Anthropomorphic Nature of Penguins
            Editing: A Creative Dialogue
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            A Constant Search for Answers
            Keeping Memory Alive
            A Sacred Trust
            "I'm Not That Interested In The Facts"
            "It's Not Eye Candy"
            A Place Called Chiapas: Blurring the Line Between Sound & Music
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            Giving Voice toThose Who Are Not Heard
            Biography
            Filmography
            An Alternative to Mainstream Media
            Colliding with People
            "I Put Nothing On Paper"
            A Question of Approach
            "I'm in the Thick of It"
            "As it we were just having a conversation"
            Working With Two Cameras
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            The French Nouvelle Vague
            Editing: It's Not About Fabricating Illusions
            The Importance of Experimentation
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            From Factory Worker to Documentarian
            It's Defined by the Frame
            Finding the Two Poles
            The Click Moment
            "Great! Another Problem for the Hero"
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            A Way to Reach People
            "It's Like a Mirror"
            Dissolving the Distance
            "I Began to Realize I Could Be In Prison"
            Creating Visual Metaphors: Burkas on the Beach
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            First Day on the Job
            "You've Become Something Like The Furniture"
            Assessing Risk in Chiapas
            A Rustling of Leaves: A Harsh Lesson About Risk
            A Place Called Chiapas: Pushing Sound into the Abstract
            Embracing Narration
            Narration as Haiku
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            Even the First Doc Was Fiction!
            The Liberation (of Documentary)
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
            Finding the Story
            How to Talk to Composers
            In The Realms of the Unreal: Music as a Character
            Having a Blueprint
            "What I Love About Editing"
            Play All
            Biography
            Filmography
      Topics
         Getting Started
         Exploring The Genre
            What is Documentary?
               Peter Wintonick - Even the First Doc Was Fiction!
               Barry Stevens - It's Defined by the Frame
               Patricio Guzmán - Our Own Take On Reality
               Sylvain L'Esperance - Form and Content: An Intimate Relationship
               Jean-Daniel Lafond - Making Sense of the World
               Play All
            The Social Role of Documentary
               Patricio Guzmán - The Great Archive of Humanity
               Sylvain L'Espérance - A Dialogue with the Audience
               Sabiha Sumar - "It's Like A Mirror"
               Patricio Guzmán - The Battle of Chile: Continuing the Debate
               Sabiha Sumar - Dissolving the Distance
               Jean-Pierre Lledo - Violence in the Absence of Images
               Play All
            Cinéma-Verité: The Fly on the Wall
               Peter Wintonick - The Liberation (of Documentary)
               Michel Brault- Sound Meets Image
               Laura Poitras - It's Like Writing a Novel
               Sylvain L'Esperance - Cinéma Verité: A Moment in History
               Nick Broomfield - The Limitations of Verité
               Errol Morris - Breaking the Rules
               Play All
            Influences
               Jennifer Baichwal - On Chris Marker's Sans Soleil
               Scott Hicks - Agitation of the Mind
               Serge Giguère - Leonard Helmrich: Creating Poetry
               Kevin Macdonald - Jennings, Morris & Maysles
               Claire Simon - The French Nouvelle Vague
               Sylvain L'Esperance - Johan van der Keuken: Breaking the Barriers
               Play All
         Planning & Preparation
            Ideas & Inspiration
               Paul Cowan - Looking for Conflict
               Stan Newmann - It Has To Be Personal
               Molly Dineen - Six Months Lost on the London Underground
               Jean-Xavier de Lestraude - The Origin of The Staircase
               Kim Longinotto: Divorce Iranian Style: Moving Beyond Stereotypes
               Michel Brault - Wrestling: A Chance Encounter That Changed an Idea
               Play All
            Research
               Scott Hicks - Asking the Right Questions
               Stan Neumann - Informational Bulimia
               Sylvain L'Esperance - The Aimless Wanderer
               Rakesh Sharma - Colliding with People
               Play All
            Structure & Approach
               Patricio Guzmán - Reality is Chaos
               Rakesh Sharma - "I Put Nothing On Paper"
               Jessica Yu - Finding the Story
               Catherine Martin - Following Intuition
               Barry Stevens - Finding the Two Poles
               Serge Giguère - An Improvisational Approach
               Play All
         Relationships
            Casting From Real Life
               Eduardo Coutinho - Inventing Oneself for the Camera
               Barry Stevens - The Click Moment
               Serge Giguère - Playing the Role of One's Life
               Malcolm Clarke - Portraying Evil
               Kim Longinotto - Divorce Iranian Style: Casting Judge Deldar
               Play All
            Why People Talk to Cameras
               Errol Morris - "Born to Babble"
               Albert Maysles - The Human Need to Disclose
               Velcrow Ripper - Keeping Memory Alive
               Albert Maysles - The Importance of Being an Observer
               Catherine Martin - A Relationship of Exchange
               Play All
            Director & Subject Relationship
               Joan Churchill - Building a Rapport
               Kim Longinotte - Divorce Iranian Style: Free to Be Themselves
               Velcrow Ripper - A Sacred Trust
               Jennifer Fox - "I Thought We Were Stealing Stories"
               Sylvain L'Esperance - The Director as Outsider
               Kevin Macdonald - Getting Past Self-Image
               Eduardo Coutinho - The Character, The Place, The Moment
               Hubert Sauper - Giving Voice to Those Who Are Not Heard
               Eduardo Couthinho - It's Not a Friendship
               Denis Gheerbrant - Director-Subject-Spectator
               Play All
            The Art of the Interview
               Rakesh Sharma - A Question of Approach
               Alanis Obomisawin - The Importance of the Word
               Eduardo Coutinho - Interviewing: Telling It for the First Time
               Nick Broomfield - The Advantage of Re-Interviewing
               Errol Morris - The Fog of War: Interviewing McNamara
               Malcolm Clarke - It's All About Respecting Your Subjects
               Play All
         Truth, Perspective & Ethics
            Truth
               Jean-Xavier de Lestrade - Staying True to "Reality"
               Catherine Martin - There's a Camera in the Room
               Manfred Becker - Reinventing Reality
               Velcrow Ripper - "I'm not that Interested in the Facts"
               Play All
            Perspective
               Jean-Xavier de Lestrade - The Outsider's Advantage
               Eduardo Coutinho - "I'm Not the Same Because I Have a Camera"
               Laura Poitras - My Country, My Country: "Not a Film About Me In Iraq"
               Rakesh Sharma - "I'm in the Thick of It"
               Play All
            Ethical Issues
               Kevin Macdonald - Using People's Lives as Your Raw Material
               Alanis Obomsawin - Letting People Tell Their Stories
               Sylvain L'Esperance - Trust & Artistic Control
               Molly Dineen - "Part of You is Thinking, God that's Bloody Sad"
               Denis Gheerbrant - Compassion - The Doorway to Voyeurism
               Albert Maysles - Two Extremes to Avoid
               Malcolm Clarke - Giving Voice to Bad Guys
               Play All
         The Shoot
            Getting Access
               Scott Hicks - "What's Your Story?"
               Jennifer Fox - Finding a Reliable Guide
               Scott Hicks - Lessons Learned with the Chinese Army
               Nettie Wild - "You've Become Something Like the Furniture"
               Errol Morris - The Robert S. McNamara Homework Assignment
               Nick Broomfield - Meeting Aileen Wuornos
               Play All
            Getting the Shots
               Joan Churchill - The Intuitive Camera
               Serge Giguère - A Passion for Shooting Hand-Held
               Rakesh Sharma - "As If We Were Just Having A Conversation"
               Malcolm Clarke - The Ideal Cameraperson
               Joan Churchill - Shooting: The Art of Anticipation
               Albert Maysles - "Stay With It!"
               Jean-Xavier de Lestrade - Framing Your Subject
               Rakesh Sharma - Working With Two Cameras
               Play All
            Handling Risk
               Laura Poitras - "Have You Accepted the Lord Jesus Christ As Your Saviour?"
               Nettie Wild - Assessing Risk in Chiapas
               Werner Herzog - Risk: The Fine Line
               Nettie Wild - A Rustling of Leaves: A Harsh Lesson About Risk
               Werner Herzog - "If It Explodes, We'll Have at Least One Spectacular Image"
               Paul Cowan - A Sticky Situation in the Congo
               Sabiha Sumar - "I Began To Realize I Could Be In Prison"
               Play All
            Adapting to Circumstances
               Jennifer Baichwal - Being Ready to Abandon the Plan
               Malcolm Clarke - The Importance of Happy Accidents
               Barry Stevens - "Great! Another Problem for the Hero"
               Errol Morris - The Thin Blue Line: A Rather Circuitous Path Into a Story
               Patricio Guzmán - The Battle of Chile: Bringing Order to Chaos
               Play All
            The Power of Images
               Velcrow Ripper - "It's Not Eye Candy"
               Stan Neumann - Is It Really A Film?
               Sabiha Sumar - Creating Visual Metaphors: Burkas on the Beach
               Jennifer Baichwal - "I Can't Stand B-Roll"
               Emmanuel Priou - The Anthropomorphic Nature of Penguins
               Kevin Macdonald - The Power of the Close-Up
               Nick Broomfield - Showing the Context of Everyday Life
               Catherine Martin - Leaving Space for Imagination
               Play All
            Recreating Reality
               Errol Morris - The Thin Blue Line: Reenacting POVs
               Malcolm Clarke - "You Shouldn't Trick 'Em"
               Kevin Macdonald - Touching the Void: Making It as Real As Possible
               Serge Giguère - 9 St-Augustin: Mise-en Scène Inspired by Real Life
               Play All
         Sound
            Designing Sound
               Jean-Daniel Lafond - Sound = Picture
               Catherine Martin - Creating Reality with Sound
               Jennifer Baichwal - Working Sound and Picture Together
               Velcrow Ripper - A Place Called Chiapas: Blurring the Line Between Sound & Music
               Nettie Wild - A Place Called Chiapas: Pushing Sound Into the Abstract
               Play All
            Music
               Catherine Martin - Why Use Music?
               Jessica Yu - How To Talk to Composers
               Patricio Guzmán - The Music of Everyday Life
               Scott Hicks - See the Music, Hear the Image
               Jessica Yu - In The Realms of the Unreal: Music As a Character
               Play All
            Narration
               Malcolm Clarke - Narration: Of Mortar, Bridges, and Glue
               Netti Wild - Embracing Narration
               Malcolm Clarke - The Battle Between Word and Image
               Nettie Wild - Narration as Haiku
               Play All
         Editing
            Director and Editor: The Relationship
               Emmanuel Priou: Editing: A Creative Dialogue
               Malcolm Clarke: "The Editor Basically Has To Tolerate Me"
               Manfred Becker: Editor as Therapist
               Play All
            Working with the Footage
               Kevin Macdonald - I Never Get Tired of the Magic of Editing
               Werner Herzog - I Memorize the Entire Footage
               Jessica Yu - Having A Blueprint
               Claire Simon - Editing: It's Not About Fabricating Illusions
               Jean-Xavier de Lestrade - Leaving Space for Emotional Engagement
               Jessica Yu - "What I Love About Editing"
               Jean-Xavier de Lestrade - Editing as Sculpture
               Manfred Becker - A Place Called Chiapas: "We thought we'd Nailed It"
               Jean-Xavier de Lestrade - The Opening: Creating Intrigue
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         Final Thoughts & Anecdotes
            Patricio Guzmán - The Battle of Chile: Chris Marker to the Rescue
            Heddy Nonigmann - The Underground Orchestra: Anatomy of a Scene
            Jennifer Baichwal - Director as Immune System of the Film
            Denis Gheerbrant - A Confrontation of Fictions
            Claire Simon - The Importance of Experimentation
            Eduardo Coutinho - Filming: It's A Relationship
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         Becoming A Filmmaker
            Getting Started
               Becoming a Filmmaker
                  Werner Herzog - Dr Fu Manchu: A Decisive Moment
                  Sabhiha Sumar - A Way to Reach People
                  Serge Giguère - Pierre Perrault & Other Mentors
                  Barry Stevens - From Factory Worker to Documentarian
                  Molly Dineen - From Tea Girl to Film School
                  Kevin Macdonald - When We Were Kings & Thinking Big
                  Nettie Wild - First Day On the Job
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            Exploring The Genre
               What is Documentary?
                  Peter Winonic -Even the First Doc Was Fiction
                  Barry Stevens - It's Defined by the Frame
                  Patricio Guzmán - Our Own Take on Reality
                  Sylvain L'Espérance - Form and Content: An Intimate Relationship
                  Jean-Daniel Lafond - Making Sense of the World
               The Social Role of Documentary
               Cinéma-Verité: The Fly on the Wall
               Influences
         Why Make Documentaries?
            Getting Started
               Why Make Documentaries?
                  Jennifer Baichwal - A Creative Engagement with the World
                  Kevin Macdonald - "The Wonder of the Variety of Real Life"
                  Velcrow Ripper - a Constant Search for Answers
                  Paul Cowan - Entering Other Worlds
                  Alanis Obomsawin - Telling Our Stories
                  Rakesh Sharma - An Alternative to Mainstream Media
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