Secret Histories: The Films of Kevin Rafferty & Friends

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"Rafferty is the muckraking documentarian par excellence, gifted with an astringent sense of humor, an understated feeling for the absurd, and a capacity for unique insights into American culture. His reputation was established with 1982’s The Atomic Café, an apocalyptically funny collage film tour of Cold War culture and post-Hiroshima nuclear paranoia, ingeniously constructed from archival material, arriving just in time for Reagan era re-escalation. In the years since, Rafferty has been a clear-eyed, often impish chronicler of his country. A chance to explore not only one of the great careers in nonfiction filmmaking, but several comically and sometimes disquietingly observed truths about life in the U.S. of A."—Metrograph