This week on Open Sources Guelph, it’s holiday time and you know what that means. For the last seven years, we’ve dedicated the last episode before Christmas to some of our favourite political movies, and year eight will be no different. Before you are four titles for your consideration, some of them are recent, some of them are very recent, and at least one title is from the tumultuous Sixties. Shall we stream?
This Thursday, December 22, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
Scotty’s Pick #1: Judas and the Black Messiah (2021). “Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.” Directed by Shaka King. Starring LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons and Daniel Kaluuya. You can now stream Judas and the Black Messiah on Netflix or rent it on VOD.
Adam’s Pick #1: In the Heat of the Night (1967). “A black Philadelphia police detective is mistakenly suspected of a local murder while passing through a racially hostile Mississippi town, and after being cleared is reluctantly asked by the police chief to investigate the case.” Directed by Norman Jewinson. Starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. You can now stream In the Heat of the Night on Super Channel or rent it on VOD.
Scotty’s Pick #2: Freelancer on the Front Lines (2016). “This fast-paced documentary follows Canadian freelance reporter Jesse Rosenfeld’s journey across the Middle East. Having made the region his focus, Rosenfeld shows us the thorny geopolitical realities on the ground and explores how journalism practices have changed in the age of the Internet.” Directed by Santiago Bertolino. You can now stream Freelancer… on the NFB app.
Adam’s Pick #2: The Purge: Anarchy (2014). “Three groups of people intertwine and are left stranded in the streets on Purge Night, trying to survive the chaos and violence that occurs.” Written and directed by James DeMonaco. Starring Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo and Zach Gilford. You can now stream The Purge: Anarchy on Starz or rent it on VOD.
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