For the Record


In the face of a 24-hour news cycle rife with punditry and accusations of fakery, the subjects of truth and evidence remain more vital and contested than ever. Motivated by a curiosity about how and when images are accepted as fact, “For the Record” presents a combination of new and classic documentary films that explore and interrogate cinematic realism.

Recognizing the important role that history plays in shaping our communities, this season the Nickelodeon invites you to join us for thought-provoking films and conversations about the forces that mediate our encounters with the past and influence our decisions for the future.

Special thanks to our series sponsors, Susan Thorpe and John Baynes.


Nov 13

306 Hollywood

When siblings Elan and Jonathan Bogarín undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother's house, they embark on a magical-realist journey in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind. 306 Hollywood transforms the dusty fragments of an unassuming life into an epic metaphor for the nature of memory, time, and history.

Directed by Elan Bogarin and Jonathan Bogarin.

Dec 11


Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, director Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award-winning MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.

She began as Matangi. Daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka’s armed Tamil resistance, she hid from the government in the face of a vicious and bloody civil war. When her family fled to the UK, she became Maya, a precocious and creative immigrant teenager in London. Finally, the world met her as M.I.A. when she emerged on the global stage, having created a mashup, cut-and-paste identity that pulled from every corner of her journey along the way; a sonic sketchbook that blended Tamil politics, art school punk, hip-hop beats and the unwavering, ultra-confident voice of a burgeoning multicultural youth.

Never one to compromise on her vision, Maya kept her camera rolling throughout.MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, becoming one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today.

Directed by Steve Loveridge.

International pop star M.I.A fled civil war and genocide in Sri Lanka, where her father was the founder of the Tamil resistance, shaping her music and politics.  Prior to this screening, we will have an introductory presentation about the Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka in order to contextualize the film for our audience.

Jan 08

¡Las Sandinistas!

The young Sandinista revolutionaries defeated a notoriously corrupt tyrant in 1979, taking control of Nicaragua until 1990. They fought a civil war with the US-backed “Contras,” lost a 1990 election, and then resurfaced in 2006. While many of the rebel combatants were female, women were systematically denied roles in the new government. Today, they testify to staggering levels of violence against women in Nicaragua. ¡Las Sandinistas! combines footage of teenage girls toting AK-47s with the women now, declaring: “We have to make the revolution all over again.”

Directed by Jenny Murray.

Join us after the screening for a talkback with Professor Ana Cueto, Dr. Debbie Billings, and a Nicaraguan historian who participated in the revolution. Presented with the assistance of Palmetto Luna Arts.