Do we have a new Queen of Sundance ready to be crowned?
The Arab Spring and Occupy moments have passed
For the past few years, it has felt like every other documentary in competition focused on The Arab Spring, Occupy or our currently military actions in the Middle East. Those documentaries all tended to emphasize immediacy and many concentrated on citizen journalism in conflict zones. This? Well, "The Amina Profile" as an Arab Revolution backdrop, but the logline is pitching it as a "sociopolitical thriller" and "a love story." "(T)error" is about an anti-terrorism investigation, but it's a domestic case. "Censored Voices" has a Middle East setting, but it's historical. Occupy is nowhere to be seen. Oh and last year's obsession with the dangers of the Internet? Almost entirely gone, seemingly.
- Daniel Fienberg