“Secrecy” was one of the gentle gems of Sundance 2008, and its content and sentiment could not be timelier as elections near. Robb Moss and Peter Galison’s impassioned documentary is quiet and discreet in its examination of how contemporary governmental misprisions and greater crimes are compulsively papered over, and it’s devastating in both its analysis and in its presentation. “Secrecy” is one of the few recent documentaries to incorporate animation that doesn’t make the eyes cross, then roll, and the judicious use of art from non-film sources provides telling metaphorical weight. There’s a portrait in “Secrecy” of a career military lawyer who does the right thing against the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, and as his story unfolds, his fury grows: he is right, he knows he’s right and history will record that he is right. 88m. (Ray Pride)
“Secrecy” opens Friday at Siskel.