True/False Film Review: Of Men and War

By Rachel Zamzow Peering deep into the toll taken by post-traumatic stress disorder, Of Men and War offers an intense, heartbreaking and healing experience. The film, screened Sunday during the True/False Film Festival, follows a group of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans as they undergo group therapy for PTSD. Though it takes place primarily in the hospital-like halls and…

True/False Film Review: Meru

By Sean Morrison Among a mountain of films at the True/False Film Fest this weekend, Meru is a must-see. The movie details the journey of three alpinists who take on the Shark’s Fin in Mount Meru, a formation in the Himalayas that is one of the most difficult climbs in the world. The 20,000-foot ascent took two tries for…

Film Review: Private Violence

By: Mitch Ryals Columbia, Mo. – Domestic violence is one of those topics. Like suicide, rape, addiction and molestation, it’s difficult to talk about. Victims are embarrassed and scared. They might be pitied or thought weak. Friends and neighbors whisper and pass judgment. “She must have done something to deserve it.” “If she’s stupid enough…

Film Review: Big Men

By Heidi Li COLUMBIA, Mo. — Is oil a curse or blessing for the people of Africa? Who are the big men in the oil business in Africa? Tracking down an American startup oil company and its discovery of the first commercial oilfield in Ghana’s history, “Big Men” by Rachel Boynton attempts to answer these questions and give…

Film Review: Particle Fever

By Rebecca Dell COLUMBIA, Mo. — Could the universe really be a multiverse? Does dark matter exist? The documentary Particle Fever follows physicists seeking answers to these questions and others. The film, which True/False Film Fest co-conspirator Paul Sturtz called “the most engaging science film I’ve ever seen,” showed at the Missouri Theatre as part of the True/False Film Fest’s day of student programming,…

‘If you want to find good stories, show up’

COLUMBIA, Mo. — To be a good storyteller requires a keen eye for a big story, attention to compelling details and a desire to listen for hours at a time. Four professional storytellers gathered at the Reynolds Journalism Institute to discuss their craft for two hours during the week the True/False films came to town. The…