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Robert Kramer

Robert Kramer, an American movie director who devoted his career to capturing dissident movements from Vietnam war protesters to Latin American guerrillas, died Nov. 10 in Paris of meningitis. He was 60.

Kramer traversed the globe in his quest to capture on celluloid dissident movements and the questions they raised, filming in Asia, Europe and Latin America. His works also explored the frontiers of social change.

With varying success, Kramer made more than two dozen films and numerous smaller documentaries and television pieces.

Two of his best known works, “Doc’s Kingdom” (1987) and “Route One USA” (1989), were reflections on the exile that he became.

Kramer, who also acted in numerous films and even played himself on occasion, most recently appeared in “L’ennui” (1998).

While his work was generally acclaimed in Europe as a major example of political cinema, with some movies shown at film festivals in France, including Cannes, he never penetrated the U.S. film industry’s mainstream.

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