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SHOWING 1035 FILMS SORTED BY GENRE: 'DOCUMENTARY'

AATSINKI: THE STORY OF ARCTIC COWBOYS

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 85 minutes
  • Directed By: Jessica Oreck
  • Country: Finland
In the forests of Finnish Lapland, brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki carry on the generations-old tradition of reindeer herding. These modern cowboys maintain an intricate bond with the environment that has allowed them to preserve their lifestyle in one of the harshest climates imaginable. Jessica Oreck’s intimate, gorgeously lensed documentary follows the brothers for a year, sharing in the hard work, daily rituals and small joys that make up life above the Arctic Circle. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary

ABORTION STORIES WOMEN TELL

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Directed By: Tracy Droz Tragos
  • Country: USA
In 1973, the US Supreme court decision Roe v. Wade gave every woman the right to have an abortion. In 2016, abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in America, especially in Missouri. Award-winning director and Missouri native Tracy Droz Tragos sheds new light on the contentious issue by focussing on the women and their stories, rather than the debate. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary

ACCUSED NO. 2: WALTER SISULU

  • Release Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 14 minutes
  • Country: France
A trove of 256 hours of sound archives of the Rivonia trial bring back to life the political battle waged by Nelson Mandela and his seven co-defendants against apartheid. This film looks at one of them in particular: Accused No. 2, Walter Sisulu. |Read More
Animation, Documentary

AC GREEN IRON VIRGIN

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 8 minutes
  • Directed By: Isaac Feder
  • Country: USA
A.C. Green, Showtime Laker and reigning Iron Man of the NBA, did the dirty work every night for 1,192 straight games—more consecutive games than any player in NBA history. But it wasn't just his durability that separated AC from his NBA brethren: he was a proud virgin, who was saving himself for marriage. |Read More
Comedy, Documentary

ACORN AND THE FIRESTORM

  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • Directed By: Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard
  • Country: USA
For 40 years, the community-organizing group ACORN advocated for America’s poorest communities, while its detractors accused it of promoting government waste and the worst of liberal policies. Riding high on the momentum of Barack Obama’s presidential victory in 2008, ACORN was at its social zenith when a hidden-camera video sparked a national scandal and brought it all crashing down. |Read More
Documentary, New York, NY Director(s), African American Director(s)

ACTOR MARTINEZ

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 75 minutes
  • Directed By: Nathan Silver and Mike Ott
  • Country: USA
Arthur Martinez is a computer repairman and aspiring actor who commissions indie directors Mike Ott and Nathan Silver to film his life. In the directors’ first collaboration, we see them follow Arthur as he goes to work, drives around, and auditions for a love interest (Lindsay Burdge), leading them to question the meaning of the project, and ultimately that of identity and stardom. |Read More
Drama, Documentary, NY Director(s)

AFTER INNOCENCE

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Country: USA
When wrongfully convicted men are freed based on DNA evidence their lives do not automatically go back to normal. Instead they must rebuild their lives without benefit of any official help or even expunged records. An ex-cop jailed for a crime he did not commit and a man who was on death row are among the former prisoners profiled. |Read More
Documentary

AFTER MARIA

  • Release Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 36 minutes
  • Directed By: Nadia Hallgren
  • Country: USA
Strong Puerto Rican women forced to flee the island after Hurricane Maria have bonded like family in a FEMA hotel in the Bronx. They seek stability in their new life as forces try to pull them apart. |Read More
New York, Documentary

AFTER PARKLAND

  • Release Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman
  • Country: USA
In the immediate aftermath of the devastating 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, filmmakers embedded with students and parents whose lives were forever changed—from quiet hours of grief and reflection to those of political awakening. |Read More
Documentary

AFTER SPRING

  • Release Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Directed By: Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching
  • Country: USA
Close to 80,000 Syrian refugees live in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. After Spring immerses us in the rhythms of the camp: from a pop-up pizza shop to a school where a taekwondo master teaches martial arts to the children. Executive produced by Jon Stewart, this is a fascinating journey through the camp’s physical and human landscapes. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary, NY Director(s), Latino Director(s), Asian American Director(s)

AIR GUITAR NATION

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 81 minutes
  • Directed By: Ishai Setton and Alexandra Lipsitz
  • Country: USA
Fueled by pure rock energy, this doc chronicles the unlikely birth of the U.S. Air Guitar Championship and the intense rivalries that develop on the way to the event in Finland. Also featured are jam sessions and interviews with notable air guitarists and the "airheads" who follow them. |Read More
Comedy, Documentary, Music

ALBERI

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 28 minutes
  • Directed By: Michelangelo Frammartino
  • Country: Italy, Germany
Wrapping the audience in waves of sound, Alberi takes us on a circular journey through the countryside of Southern Italy, to the village of Satriano. Historically, men of the town would cover themselves with ivy, transforming into strange, ghost-like walking trees. This ancestral arboreal rite, nearly forgotten as newer generations gradually lost interest, celebrated the connection between man and nature while costuming the men for Carnevale. In a triumphant reclamation of the old ways, director Michelangelo Frammartino (Le quattro volte) captures the majesty of this ceremony via his singular cinematic artistry. This dynamic installation is both a mesmerizing homage to nature and breathtaking union of sound and image. |Read More
Documentary

ALEKESAM

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 34 minutes
  • Directed By: Jason Bergh
  • Country: USA
Alekesam is the story of Hugh Masekela, an international jazz icon and apartheid activist who was exiled from his homeland South Africa for 30 years, and his son Selema, who attempts to embrace the roots of his identity through music and reconnect with his father.

Screening as part of the Shorts: Triptych program. |Read More
Documentary, Music

ALEXIS ARQUETTE: SHE'S MY BROTHER

  • Release Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 72 minutes
  • Directed By: Nikki Parrott and Matthew Barbato
  • Country: U.K.
An intriguing look at sex and celebrity, this richly textured documentary, filled with drag queens and Hollywood glitterati, is actually a serious movie about transgendered life. In this unique and candid documentary, Alexis reveals a more private side as she grapples with the process of sex reassignment surgery. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary

AL FRANKEN: GOD SPOKE

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Chris Hegedus, Nick Doob, and Ben Thompson
  • Country: USA
This hilarious doc about one man's unceasing battle against the Right tracks Al Franken's transformation from mild-mannered comedy writer to full-on political player. Featuring Ann Coulter, Michael Moore, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Henry Kissinger. |Read More
Comedy, Documentary

ALGERIA, UNSPOKEN STORIES

  • Release Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 160 minutes
  • Directed By: Jean-Pierre Lledo
  • Country: France, Algeria
Unearthing buried memories of Algeria’s war of independence, this bold revision of official history feels like the embrace of a lost kin. Its challenge to nationalism built on ethnicity and religion has resulted in its continued failure to receive the license that would allow Algerians to see it. |Read More
Documentary

ALIAS RUBY BLADE: A STORY OF LOVE AND REVOLUTION

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 78 minutes
  • Directed By: Alex Meillier
  • Country: USA
Kirsty Sword Gusmão went to Timor-Leste to document injustice in an area closed to Western journalists. Over the next decade, she became the lynchpin that sustained the nation’s harrowing struggle for independence and met the man who would redefine the cause for which she was fighting. Using astonishing footage of the years-long resistance, director Alex Meillier presents a highly personal account of the courage needed to create a new democracy in modern times. |Read More
Documentary

ALL ABOUT ANN: GOVERNOR RICHARDS OF THE LONE STAR STATE

  • Release Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Directed By: Keith Patterson and Phillip Schopper
  • Country: USA
An unmissable documentary for any political junkie, All About Ann celebrates the achievements of larger-than-life Ann Richards, the first elected female governor of Texas. Her passion for social inclusivity made her one of the most powerful and progressive governors in U.S. history, but in 1994, she faced her toughest challenge, as an increasingly conservative majority turned towards a new, pro-business candidate: George W. Bush. |Read More
Documentary