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Virtually Reality

Virtually Reality

Who needs silly, circumscribed categories like “fiction” or “documentary”? From such classic examples as Robert Flaherty’s original almost-ethnography Nanook of the North and Paul Strand and Leo Hurwitz’s political semidocumentary Native Land—about violations of civil liberties in everyday America—to contemporary hybrids by living artists like Abbas Kiarostami (Close-up) and Pedro Costa (In Vanda’s Room), these works blur the lines with panache.