Film Review: Life, Animated

By Lauren Puckett In the eyes of 23-year-old Owen Suskind, Disney movies are a window to the world. For Owen, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3, the movies help him understand emotions. They help him make friends. They even help him speak.  Screened at the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri this March, the…

True/False Film Review: ‘Behemoth’

    By Kelsi Anderson COLUMBIA — The monster is hungry, and it must be fed. For low wages, millions of Chinese migrant workers risk their health and their lives toiling away in the dangerous, unregulated coal mines of Inner Mongolia. The black sedimentary rock is the energy that fuels China, the world’s largest consumer…

Film Review: Sherpa

By John Heniff Columbia, Mo. — The human body was not designed to climb Mount Everest. Danger comes from above in the form of avalanches and falling ice. Injury or death can come from below, too, as one wrong step can lead to a treacherous fall off the mountain. The probability of succumbing to high-altitude cerebral…

True/False Film Review: Cartel Land

BY SIDDHARTH VODNALA COLUMBIA, MO – “We are the meth cooks, number one in Michoacan,” says a masked man at the beginning of Matthew Heineman’s documentary Cartel Land. “If we had good jobs like yours,” he says into the camera, he and his fellow meth makers would be doing good things too, instead of selling meth. This…

True/False Film Review: The Visit

COLUMBIA – Greetings, Earthlings. Aliens have just made contact with humans – at least we can imagine they have, in Michael Madsen’s film, The Visit. The Visit is a hybrid between non-fiction and fiction, pseudo-documentary portraying how government agencies across the world try to handle mankind’s first encounter with extraterrestrial life. The film was shown…

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…