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16 days to watch
31 Ratings

Public Hearing

United States, 2012
Documentary, Avant-Garde
  • English
  • English


An American provincial town’s public consultation about the expansion of the Walmart supermarket, recreated in minute detail as a feature film shot in black-and-white 16mm.

Our take

The director of The Republic creates a razor sharp satire of city planning by reconstructing an inherently absurdist bureaucratic process. Working from the actual manuscript of the inciting town meeting and shooting in intimate close-ups, this is a slapstick comedy of rhetoric and facial gestures.

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