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Better This World

United States 2011, 89 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

In 2008, David McKay (22) and Bradley Crowder (23), boyhood friends, were arrested on charges of planning a terrorist attack on the Republican National Convention. What led two young idealists, human rights activists, to adopt violent tactics? The filmmakers address this question through dazzling editing of diverse materials – interviews with all those involved, archive photographs from the convention, dramatic reenactment and materials from the official investigation and surveillance. These transform the documentary into a suspenseful thriller. Apparently, the suspects succumbed to the charisma of a veteran activist; his ties to the F.B.I. raise serious questions regarding the tactics of “the war on terror” that U.S. government has put into effect since September 11, 2001.

Better This World website

Directors & Script: Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane De La Vega
Production: Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane De La Vega, Mike Nicholson, David Layton
Production Company: Loteria Films
Editing: Greg O’toole
Cinematography: David Layton
Soundtrack: Leroy Clark, Shane Watson
Music: Paul Brill
Print Source: Cat & Docs (info@catndocs.com)Director CV
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  • Tue 8/5 22:30, Cinemateque 4
KATIE GALLOWAY has directed and produced numerous award winning films and series for PBS Frontline and POV, among others. Her feature documentary Prison Town, USA (POV 2007) called "documentary making at its best" by The San Francisco Chronicle and "intriguing" by The New York Times, was developed as a fiction series by IFC, for which she co-wrote the first 3 episodes. Her critically acclaimed film Better This World (POV 2011) has won 3 top doc awards on this year’s festival circuit. A 2010 Sundance Documentary Fellow and 2009/2010 HBO/FIND documentary fellow, Galloway taught documentary production at the Columbia Journalism School and now teaches Media Studies at U.C. Berkeley, where she was also recently the filmmaker in residence at the Investigative Reporting Program.

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