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SECRET HISTORIES: THE FILMS OF KEVIN RAFFERTY & FRIENDS

July 12 to July 14

Rafferty is the muckraking documentarian par excellence, gifted with an astringent sense of humor, an understated feeling for the absurd, and a capacity for unique insights into American culture. His reputation was established with 1982’s The Atomic Café, an apocalyptically funny collage film tour of Cold War culture and post-Hiroshima nuclear paranoia, ingeniously constructed from archival material, arriving just in time for Reagan era re-escalation. In the years since, Rafferty has been a clear-eyed, often impish chronicler of his country, producing essential films addressing the proliferation of white supremacist groups (Blood in the Face), the killing conspiracy of big tobacco (The Last Cigarette), the selling of a presidential candidate (Feed), and the particular pathologies and mythologies behind college football (Harvard Beats Yale 29-29). A chance to explore not only one of the great careers in nonfiction filmmaking, but several comically and sometimes disquietingly observed truths about life in the U.S. of A.

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