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October 8, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Shaping Seattle’s understanding of Latinos through film

The Seattle Latino Film Festival plans to screen “Que caramba es la vida,” a German documentary about female Mariachi musicians in Mexico City, on Saturday, Oct. 11. Many people in the Northwest tend to equate “Mexican” with “Latino,” but that’s a limited perspective. As a Mexican-American, I see that dynamic play out on a regular…

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May 2, 2013 at 6:20 AM

‘We Steal Secrets’: WikiLeaks and the U.S. intelligence-industrial complex

Early in Alex Gibney’s gripping new documentary “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,” Julian Assange declares that he “likes crushing bastards.”

By the end of the 130-minute film, Assange is one of the bastards. Seized by paranoia and the fame monster, he made WikiLeaks volunteers sign non-disclosure agreements, and charges $1 million per interview.

Along the way, Gibney’s careful journalism exposes the moral fault lines of the U.S. government’s obsession with secrecy, especially after 9/11. It is required viewing, and will be grist for op/eds when it is released next month, after it appears in the Seattle International Film Fest.

Julian Assange at Ecudorian embassy

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April 18, 2013 at 11:42 AM

What movie represents your generation? ‘Big Chill?’ ‘Singles?’ ‘Casablanca?’

The editorial writers have been debating which generation has it worst: millennials, Gen X or baby boomers?

Is it the millennials because they graduated from college into the Great Recession with no jobs and loads of student debt, which I wrote about in my column? Is it Generation X, who may be left holding the bag on Social Security, as Jonathan Martin suggested in his column? Or are baby boomers, as Bruce Ramsey outlined in his blog post, just as worse off as everybody else?

The discussion prompted a secondary debate about which movie best represented each generation. These are our nominations, with trailers:

Generation X: “Singles”

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