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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Premiere: “Raising Bertie” On POV

Raising-BertieOne of my favorite docs of the year, Margaret Byrne’s long-in-the-works Raising Bertie, debuts on POV on August 28. A behaviorally rich and visually ravishing six-year immersion into the African-American North Carolina farming community of Bertie County, the rich narrative follows the lives of three young men approaching adulthood. “I love vérité filmmaking and telling stories that leave the audience asking questions,” Byrne told me for 2016’s Film 50 in Newcity, as she described her observational knack. “Having trusting relationships with the people I film is the foundation of making a story that honors their experience and is authentic. I worked on ‘Raising Bertie’ for seven years, so those families and that community are very close to my heart. I’m not interested in making easy films, I want to challenge myself and I want to challenge audiences.” The absorbing Raising Bertie rises to all its challenges.

Raising Bertie debuts Monday, August 28 on POV. Local listings here. Trailer here.

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