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Democracy Now! is broadcasting live from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival January 26-30, in Park City, Utah, where key topics this year are police brutality, national security, the environmental movement, and healthcare. Check here for our interviews with the filmmakers and their subjects this year, and browse our past coverage of the largest U.S. festival for independent cinema, starting in 2010.

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  • Fruitvale-1
    It was four years ago this month that Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old African American, was shot to death by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer on New Year’s Day in Oakland, California. Portraying the last day of his life, the new dramatic film "Fruitvale" has become one of the most talked-about films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. We’re joined by the director, 26-year-old first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler,...
    January 25, 2013 | Story
  • Dayani_cristal-4
    A new film featuring the Mexican film star Gael García Bernal examines the story of a Honduran migrant who died in the Arizona desert in 2010. "Who Is Dayani Cristal?" begins when border police in Arizona discover the decomposing body of a migrant in the Sonoran Desert, in an area known as the "Corridor of Death." He has no identification, but has one distinguishing feature: a tattoo that reads "Dayani Cristal."...
    January 25, 2013 | Story
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    By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

    The increasing pace of U.S. drone strikes, and the Obama administration’s reliance on shadowy special forces to conduct military raids beyond the reach of oversight and accountability, were summarily missed over the inaugural weekend by a U.S. press corps obsessed with first lady Michelle Obama’s new bangs. At the annual Sundance Film Festival the world premiere of “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield”...

    January 24, 2013 | Columns & Articles
  • Travis_wiliams-2
    The new documentary "Gideon’s Army" follows a group of young public defenders in the Deep South who contend with low pay, long hours and staggering caseloads to represent the poor. The film’s title comes from the landmark 1963 Supreme Court ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright that established the right to counsel to defendants in criminal cases who are unable to afford their own attorneys. We’re joined by...
    January 24, 2013 | Story
  • Caramerters_sundance
    This year’s Sundance Film Festival includes 28 feature-length documentaries from the United States and around the world, covering subjects including the story of WikiLeaks, abortion, the Egyptian revolution, immigration, covert U.S. wars, and many more. All five of the films nominated for the 2013 Academy Award for best documentary have premiered at Sundance: "5 Broken Cameras," "The Gatekeepers," "How to Survive...
    January 24, 2013 | Story
  • Aftertiller-3
    Forty years after the landmark Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion, the new documentary "After Tiller" follows the only four doctors left in the United States who are known to provide abortions in the third trimester. In 2009, their colleague, Dr. George Tiller, was assassinated while attending church in Wichita, Kansas. The four doctors depicted in the film have also braved threats, harassment and the emotional weight of the...
    January 24, 2013 | Story
  • Jenniferrobinson-wikileaks
    Alex Gibney’s new documentary, "We Steal Secrets," bills itself as "the Story of WikiLeaks," but our guest Jennifer Robinson, a legal adviser to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, claims it misses key facts. "This is, of course, a film about WikiLeaks, about the largest leak in history," Robinson says. "It touches on incredibly important issues about journalism and whistleblowing. But unfortunately, I do...
    January 23, 2013 | Story
  • Westealsecrets-assange
    Broadcasting from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, we take a look at the new documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks." The film examines the key players involved in the release of hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is featured prominently in the film, as well as...
    January 23, 2013 | Story
  • Fireintheblood
    The new documentary, "Fire in the Blood," examines how millions have died from AIDS because big pharmaceutical companies and the United States have refused to allow developing nations to import life-saving generic drugs. The problem continues today as the World Trade Organization continues to block the importation of generic drugs in many countries because of a trade deal known as the TRIPS Agreement. We’re joined by the...
    January 23, 2013 | Story
  • Dirty_wars_-3
    Premiering this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the new documentary "Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield" follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill to Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen as he chases down the hidden truths behind America’s expanding covert wars. We’re joined by Scahill and the film’s director, Rick Rowley, an independent journalist with Big Noise Films. "We’re looking right...
    January 22, 2013 | Story