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Films & Schedules - DARWIN


Fri, Feb 17, 2012
at 8:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)
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Sat, Feb 25, 2012
at 1 PM (Cinema 21)
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In its glory years, Darwin, Calif., was a thriving mining town in Death Valley. Today, just 35 hard scrabble survivors hold on in a near ghost town with no jobs, government, or much connection to the modern outside world. Survival depends on a fragile waterline running down the mountain from a secret weapons test range. Brandestini’s evocative film interviews the town’s citizens, each of them driven to their solitary Mojave Desert outpost by poignant circumstances. Capturing his subjects with empathy and the place’s atmospheric tone with uncanny sensitivity, a compelling portrait emerges of a uniquely American place. “Darwin is a beautiful, elegiac work with unexpected impact and meaning.”—Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times. “Undeniable poetry ... affectionately documented.”—Peter Debruge, Variety (88 mins.)

Filmography: Return to Florence (06), Legacy of the Great Aletsch (09).

Sponsored by Alaska Airlines.



Interests: History, Documentary.

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