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Poster for the film RETROGRADE


Q&A with director Matthew Heineman, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin

Shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature for the 2023 Academy Awards®

Oscar-nominated, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman’s latest film offers a cinematic and historic window into the end of America’s longest war, and the costs endured by those most intimately involved.

Retrograde captures the final nine months of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan from multiple perspectives: one of the last U.S. Special Forces units deployed there, a young Afghan general and his corps fighting to defend their homeland against all odds, and the civilians desperately attempting to flee as the country collapses and the Taliban takes over.

After the Q&A, please join us  for light refreshments across the road at the Media Arts Lab to continue the conversation.

"Fascinating and unbearable: a chronicle of a can kicked forever down the road finally and terribly coming to a halt."
Danny Leigh, Financial Times
"Rather than have talking heads tell us what the ramifications were of the U.S. leaving, Heineman lets the reality of the evacuation shake us into a clarity about choices and consequences."
Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times


Q&A with director Matthew Heineman, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin
Wednesday, Jan. 11 2023, 7:00
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Matthew Heineman directed Cartel Land (2015), which was nominated for an Academy Award and won three Primetime Emmy Awards and a DGA Award; City of Ghosts (2017), for which he won a DGA Award; and two seasons of the Emmy winning docuseries The Trade (2018). In 2019, he received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First Time Feature Film Director from the Directors Guild of America for his narrative debut, A Private War (2018) -  making Heineman and Martin Scorsese the only filmmakers ever nominated for both narrative and documentary DGA Awards.

This film is part of the Community Matters: Now More Than Ever series.

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