Directors (and Harvard professors) Robb Moss & Peter Galison will be in attendance along with other special guests for a Q&A!
After-party and continued discussion at Grendel’s Den!
Buy Tickets Tickets $10/$8 Brattle members, students, and seniors | No Passes
The Brattle is pleased to welcome back this acclaimed documentary screening series in 2011! The DocYard returns to screen more award-winning docs and host Q&A’s with visiting filmmakers. Every other Tuesday through the end of April!
Official Site | Directed by Peter Gallison and Robb Moss
In a single recent year the U.S. classified about five times the number of pages added to the Library of Congress. We live in a world where the production of secret knowledge dwarfs the production of open knowledge. Depending on whom you ask, government secrecy is either the key to victory in our struggle against terrorism, or our Achilles heel. But is so much secrecy a bad thing?
Secrecy saves: counter-terrorist intelligence officers recall with fury how a newspaper article describing National Security Agency abilities directly led to the loss of information that could have avoided the terrorist killing of 241 soldiers in Beirut late in October 1983. Secrecy guards against wanton nuclear proliferation, against the spread of biological and chemical weapons. Secrecy is central to our ability to wage an effective war against terrorism.
Secrecy corrupts. From extraordinary rendition to warrant-less wiretaps and Abu Ghraib, we have learned that, under the veil of classification, even our leaders can give in to dangerous impulses. Secrecy increasingly hides national policy, impedes coordination among agencies, bloats budgets and obscures foreign accords; secrecy throws into the dark our system of justice and derails the balance of power between the executive branch and the rest of government.
This film is about the vast, invisible world of government secrecy. By focusing on classified secrets, the government’s ability to put information out of sight if it would harm national security, Secrecy explores the tensions between our safety as a nation, and our ability to function as a democracy.
About The DocYard:
For decades, Boston has been a center for documentary filmmaking. It is a place where students come to learn and experiment, where some of documentary’s giants are teaching and creating new work, and where the craft is continuously nurtured and expanded. Today’s filmmakers are breaking new ground that has its foundation, more often than not, in Boston’s rich documentary legacy.
Celebrating what is innovative, interesting, and inspiring in documentary, The DocYard is a bi-weekly film and discussion series at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. Every other Tuesday from February through April, we will gather together to be introduced to films and filmmakers and connect with one another.
Our goal is to grow a vibrant, creative community for Boston’s filmmakers, film students and film lovers through each of these special events.
Check out The DocYard website for complete schedule and additional information.