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The past, remembered

A scene from “Hate Crimes in the Heartland.”

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A scene from “Hate Crimes in the Heartland.”

Before there was Michael Moore or Laura Poitras or even Peter Davis, there was Emile de Antonio, who told truth to power in such films as “Point of Order” (1964), about the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, and “In the Year of the Pig” (1968), about the war in Vietnam.

In 1976 he collaborated with the filmmakers Haskell Wexler (“Medium Cool”) and Mary Lampson to make “Underground,” a filmed interview with five members of the radical Weathermen group, who were at the time fugitives from the FBI. The filmmakers were subpoenaed to disclose information about their subjects’ whereabouts, an action that was withdrawn after protests from Hollywood heavyweights Warren Beatty, Shirley MacLaine, and Jack Nicholson.

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Described by Poitras as “one of the most courageous films I know,” “Underground” has been rarely screened. It can be seen on Tuesday at 7 p.m. as part of the DocYard series at the Brattle Theatre. Director Mary Lampson will attend in person for a Q&A session moderated by Robb Moss, professor of visual and environmental studies at Harvard and director of “Secrecy” (2008), a documentary about the covert world of espionage.

For more information go to www
.brattlefilm.org/2015/03/09/under
ground

Hate burns on

In 1921, Tulsa, Okla., had the wealthiest black community in the United States, the Greenwood District, otherwise known as “the Black Wall Street.” Then thousands of whites invaded the neighborhood and burned it to the ground, killing up to 300 residents and leaving 10,000 homeless.

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How far have we come since then? In 2012, two white men drove through the same area, shooting at random, killing three people and critically injuring two others.

Emmy Award-winning documentarian Rachel Lyon’s “Hate Crimes in the Heartland” (2014) examines these two events, occurring more than 90 years apart, and what they say about the volatile racism in our society.

The film screens on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Ames Courtroom of Austin Hall at Harvard Law School. It will be followed by a panel discussion including Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International, USA; Harvard Law professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr.; and filmmakers Lyon and Reggie Turner.

For more information and to RSVP for this event, go to www.charles
hamiltonhouston.org/events

At a loss for words

Laury Sacks in “Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury.”

Laury Sacks in “Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury.”

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Nobody wants to talk about dementia, though most people will get it if they live long enough. Some sooner than others, as was the case with Laury Sacks, an actress and mother known for her quick wit. At 46 Laury found that she was searching for words. Then she could hardly talk at all. She had frontotemporal dementia, which is rare, little understood, progressive, and incurable.

Pamela Hogan’s documentary “Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury” is a wrenching, intimate portrait of a woman who confronts with courage the inexorable erasure of her identity. It premieres on Tuesday at 8 p.m. as part of the “America ReFramed” series on the World Channel. Following the broadcast, “America ReFramed” host Natasha Del Toro will moderate a round-table discussion that includes Nicole McGurin, an expert on early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information, go to www.worldchannel.org/programs

Peter Keough can be reached at peterv
keough@gmail.com
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