Big FRED Tuesday: Cinema Radio Broadcast #20 (

Cinephiles! This week’s show on all things cinema, hosted by yours truly, continues the monthly focus on documentaries.

First up, I am joined by filmmaker Simone Bitton, who talks about her latest film Ziyara, about the Muslim keepers of the Jewish history and heritage of her country. The film was selected for this year’s International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

After that, I recorded a chat with the festival director of Porto/Post/Doc, Dario Oliveria. The festival prides itself in showcasing “cinema of the real,” and this year, it will be held online in response to the coronavirus.

Aside from documentaries from the FRED archive, I also spare a few moments to talk about Gordon Willis. Best-known as the architect of the Blacksploitation genre, he was also a trailblazing photojournalist and from the ’50s to the ’70s did much to document the Black American experience.

My final guest on the show is director Jonas Kærup Hjort, whose feature debut The Penultimate is screening at the upcoming Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia. The film is very much influenced by one of my favorite authors ever, Franz Kafka, in making observations about the human condition.

It’s a nice show and I apologize for the terrible music curation, which I have no control over. The conversations are good, so if you can get past that hurdle, you’ll come out a better person having listened to this week’s show via the player below!

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