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MOYNIHAN

12:30   2:35   4:45   7:00   9:15

Wednesday, October 3 – Tuesday, October 16       

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PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY JOSEPH DORMAN AND TOBY PERL FREILICH

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion – but not to his own facts.” – Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003). His aristocratic demeanor and Harvard polish belied Moynihan’s Depression-era roots in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen, the son of a single mother. Joseph Dorman (his documentary, ARGUING THE WORLD, which we opened in 1998, is a thrilling account of the 60-year battle among New York’s 20th century intellectuals), with co-filmmaker Toby Perl Freilich (INVENTING OUR LIFE: THE KIBBUTZ EXPERIMENT), now give us a portrait of a complex man who struggled to alleviate poverty and racism, but who was maligned for his use of the expression “benign neglect.” Ta-Nehisi Coates, Eleanor Holmes Norton, George Will, and Henry Kissinger give insight into this “connoisseur of statistics” who served four presidents, anticipated the breakup of the Soviet Union, and was as comfortable writing about philosophy, ethnicity, and architecture as he was rethinking the Social Security and welfare systems.

USA   2018   104  MINS.   FIRST RUN FEATURES