In addition to a number of documentaries screening as part of other series in this calendar (see Everything Old is New Again and Looking for Adventure), Cornell Cinema presents four more new documentaries. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz will be introducedby Tracy Mitrano, Director of IT Policy and the Institute for Computer Policy and Law at Cornell, who will also lead a post-screening discussion. A programming prodigy and pioneering developer behind such Internet staples as RSS and Reddit, Aaron Swartz also did groundbreaking work in political organizing around information access and restrictions. His political work ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare that ended when he took his own life at the age of 26. “The Internet's Own Boy is a beautifully crafted film that opens a window on a world not everyone has entered yet, and exposes ways in which both the legal system and the U.S. government is lagging hopelessly behind technology.” (Variety) Ellen Avril, Curator of Asian Art at Cornell's Johnson Museum, will introduce Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, about the activistChinese artist's legal battles with his government. The film "offers viewers the challenge and pleasure of an important artist's company, and a chance to appreciate anew his wisdom, his wit and his bravery." (NY Times) A free screening of Farmland, sponsored by the College of Ag & Life Sciences, New York Beef Council, New York Pork Producers, and New York Corn and Soybean, will be followed by a panel discussion organized by the College (discussants TBA). And a free screening of the docu-drama, The Night of Fools, sponsored by the Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, about a Jewish underground movement in Algeria during World War 2, will be presented by filmmaker Rami Kimchi.

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