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Documentary filmmaker Julia Reichert dies at 76

Director Julia Reichert pictured at the Nantucket Film Festival in June 2019 in Massachusetts.
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Director Julia Reichert pictured at the Nantucket Film Festival in June 2019 in Massachusetts.

The Academy Award-winner and activist was known as the "godmother of American independent documentaries." She saw herself as a feminist and the curator of Midwestern stories. Reichert explored the stories of working class people in relationship to gender, social-economic class, activism and race in America.

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