New Documentaries

Date Film Time
10/8 (T)ERROR 7 pm
10/29 The Iron Ministry 7 pm
12/4 Count Me In 7 pm
This series is co-sponsored by Northwestern’s MFA in Documentary Media program. All screenings in this documentary series are free for Northwestern students with ID.


Thursday, October 8, 2015 7:00 PM
(Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe, 2015, US, DCP, 93 min.)

(T)ERROR provides unprecedented access to an active FBI counterterrorism informant, 63-year-old former Black Panther Saeed “Shariff” Torres. As the filmmakers document a live sting operation, viewers get an unfettered glimpse of the government's counterterrorism tactics and the murky justifications behind them. A faceless character throughout, the FBI is an omnipresent force, pushing hard for results as "Shariff" slowly closes in on his target. Taut, stark and controversial, (T)ERROR illuminates the fragile relationship between individuals and the surveillance state of modern America, and asks, “who is watching the watchers?” Preceded by a brief reception in the Block Museum lobby. In person: Director Lyric Cabral

The Iron Ministry

Thursday, October 29, 2015 7:00 PM
(J.P. Sniadecki, 2014, US, DCP, 82 min.)

Filmed over three years on China’s railways, The Iron Ministry traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, language and gesture. Scores of rail journeys come together into one, capturing the thrills and anxieties of social and technological transformation. The Iron Ministry immerses audiences in fleeting relationships and uneasy encounters between humans and machines on what will soon be the world's largest railway network. Director Sniadecki is a member of Harvard University’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, which has produced such films as Sweetgrass (2009), Foreign Parts (2010), and Leviathan (2012).

Preceded by a brief reception in the Block Museum lobby. In person: Director J.P. Sniadecki

Count Me In

Friday, December 4, 2015 7:00 PM FREE
(Ines Sommer, 2015, US, digital, approx. 60 min.)

Look behind the scenes of the filmmaking process – filmmaker Ines Sommer will share several excerpts from her new work-in-progress documentary and invites you to give feedback.

Count Me In follows the stories of ordinary Chicagoans who are part of an innovative experiment in direct democracy—one that empowers them to propose and vote directly for publicly funded projects in their neighborhoods. As support for participatory budgeting begins to spread throughout the United States, Count Me In offers an engaging look at the complex and riveting task of revitalizing democracy from the ground up.

Preceded by a brief reception in the Block Museum lobby. In person: Director Ines Sommer