TIFF 2013: At Berkeley Review

At Berkeley

At Berkeley

TIFF Docs

Director: Frederick Wiseman

At over 80 years old and delivering a film over four hours in length, renowned observant documentarian Wiseman shows no signs of slowing down, delivering an immersive look at the inner workings of one of the world’s top universities.

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While the focus at times gets placed squarely on issues of class, race, and especially economics, Wiseman still finds time for fascinating asides and humorous moments to be sprinkled throughout. It’s easy to say some of Wiseman’s other films seem shapeless and plotless, but he always has a point or a message to be made. This time, he actually lucks into a situation that shows his footage was building to something the entire time.

The university and its students come across as important, but flawed, and Wiseman stays true to the university’s roots in journalism, activism, social justice, and protest, but showcasing all four of those aspects in a warts and all view. (Andrew Parker)

Screens

Saturday, September 7th, Jackman Hall (AGO), 1:00pm

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Sunday, September 15th, Scotiabank 9, 11:00am

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