Paul Allen

The documentaries 'Tower' and 'The Ivory Game' examine very different kinds of killings

The documentaries 'Tower' and 'The Ivory Game' examine very different kinds of killings

Mass killings of very different sorts are explored in two documentary films shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Keith Maitland re-creates the 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas in Austin in “Tower,” while Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani investigate the daily slaughter of African elephants for profit in “The Ivory Game.” Here is a look at both films.

‘Tower’

No one took selfies in 1966. There was no 24-hour news cycle. America wasn’t yet a media-saturated society.  The lack of that kind of documentation posed a challenge to filmmaker Keith Maitland, who in “Tower” re-creates the horrific...

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