Berkeley Documentary Captures a Campus on Cusp of Change

Berkeley Documentary Captures a Campus on Cusp of Change 1

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Frederick Wiseman is known for his documentaries about institutions, like "High School," "Hospital," and "Juvenile Court."

People love to talk about "unfilmable" novels, but what about institutions? How would one capture on screen, say, a large public research university?

If you're Frederick Wiseman, hallowed among documentary-film cognoscenti as the director of Domestic Violence, Public Housing, Boxing Gym, and more, you do what you've done for more than 45 years. You show up, film what you find—no talking-head interviews, only events as they happen—and sift through