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The Fog of Truth: Close-Up on Documentaries

May 29, 2019

This week we look at documentaries about immigration (and specifically about migrant workers) as we review BISBEE ‘17 and have an interview with Chelsea Hernandez of BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM.


Group Review Documentary:

BISBEE ‘17 (2018) / USA (Director: Robert Greene / Producers: Douglas Tirola, Bennett Elliott, Susan Bedusa)

Now playing on iTunes


Film Featured in Interview Portion:

BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM (2019) / USA (Director: Chelsea Hernandez / Producers: Chelsea Hernandez, Marisol Medrano)

Now playing at select screenings nation wide


Other Films Mentioned:

306 Hollywood / 2018 (Directors: Elan Bogarin, Jonathan Bogarin)

The Act of Killing / 2012 (Director: Joshua Oppenheimer)

Actress / 2014 (Director: Robert Greene)

Close to Home (short) / 2010 (Director: Theo Rigby)

Dolores / 2018 (Director: Peter Bratt)

Human Flow / 2017 (Director: Ai Weiwei)

The Institute / 2013 (Director: Spencer McCall)

Island Soldier / 2017 (Director: Nathan FItch)

King of Kong / 2007 (Director: Seth Gordon)

Letters From the Other Side / 2006 (Director: Heather Courtney)

Made in LA / 2007 (Directors: Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar)

Marathon (short) / 2015 (Director: Theo Rigby)

One Man Dies a Million Times / 2019 (Director: Jessica Oreck)

The Silence of Others / 2018 (Directors: Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar)

Transit / 2018 (Director: Christian Petzold)

Transmilitary / 2018 (Director: Gabriel Silverman)

Welcome to Shelbyville / 2011 (Director: Kim Snyder)

Which Way Home / 2009 (Director: Rebecca Cammisa)

The Workers / 2003 (Director: Heather Courtney)



00:45 - Intro conversation about immigration documentaries

14:30 - Group review of BISBEE ‘17

26:00 - Bart & Chris interview Chelsea Hernandez of BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM

42:05 - Doc Talk


Links to reviews/interview by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:






Artwork by Hilary Campbell

Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

Editing by Christopher Llewellyn Reed

Transitional music by BELLS (thanks to Christopher Ernst)