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We love documentaries because they deal with real people and real stories that deserve to be seen and talked about. No matter how much our societies change, stories remain fundamental to the human experience. They’re what our lives are made of. They’re what we leave behind. They connect us to everyone, and even to ourselves.

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  • bethnew

    I invited 14 people over to watch a documentary at my house, not expecting even half of them to show up, but 12 showed up. We watched "The Act of Killing," then used the discussion guide from Influence Film Forum's website to start talking about the film. Many topics came up, from memory and identity to war and race. The hours passed quickly. Finally I had to start kicking people out at midnight so that I could go to bed (it was a week night), but everyone suggested that we do it again. This surprised me. I thought that my friends were smart, busy, cultured people who had plenty of opportunities for intellectual stimulation, but I was wrong. We're all craving an environment in which we can learn and grow, talk about the things that matter and actually get involved in things we care about. I'm already planning my next documentary film club meeting. Next we're going to watch "Last Train Home," the story of Chinese migrant workers who are trying to get back to their rural village in order to spend Chinese New Year with their children.