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This film takes a look at Condoleezza Rice through her amazing climb from living in 1950s Alabama to being an academic at Stanford to becoming secretary of state. It shows her relentless drive for success and power, but doesn't show much of a personal side to her as an adult. It is a fascinating look at the workings of the Bush administration and its reaction to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and its even-crazier-seeming invasion of Iraq and the accusations of prisoner torture by the U.S. government.

American Faust: From Condi to Neo-Condi plays again Thurs June 3, SIFF Cinema, 4:30 pm.

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