Film - Documentary | August 20 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

It’s no surprise that the small team of journalists on the obituaries desk at the New York Times are a thoughtful group and make for excellent subjects in this witty and illuminating documentary. Filmmaker Vanessa Gould conceived of the subject for Obit. after being interviewed by a staff writer at the Times following the death of a friend. Her film sheds light on how deaths are covered by the paper of record, and on the nature of writing and celebrating human achievement. “Teems with colorful anecdotes. . . . It effuses an obit writer’s intellectual curiosity and itch for a good story”(Soheil Rezayazdi, Filmmaker Magazine).

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