Films that push the envelope of the genre, redefining the word “documentary”
Who is the stranger holding the camera? And why doesn't he say anything? Those who meet him try to solve the riddle, but are instead forced to look inward, to themselves, for answers. Why are they angry? And what brings people to invite this stranger into their home and open up to him?
How have inventions meant to keep us safe become powerful tools of policing and surveillance in the hands of the authorities? In his search for answers, Theo Anthony (Rat Film) explores innovative technologies and exposes the basic assumptions behind them.
From biblical times to the 21st century, the way we pronounce words has been used to tell friend from foe and decide who gets welcomed and sheltered—and who gets left out. How clear are the vocal borders between us, and how much of this reality is determined by politics?
The last wild aurochs died in the 17th century, yet these near-mythical beasts continue to entice zoologists, geneticists, cattle farmers, and artists, some of whom try to bring them back to life. A film packed with humor and social criticism, neither of which diminishes its scientific or historical depth.
Helen Keller was deaf and blind, but she refused to be mute. After learning to talk, she became an activist and a strong voice for workers’ rights. Her socialist beliefs are laid out in this eye-opening documentary essay.
Erez Pery, an Israeli filmmaker living in downtown Manhattan, observes the street below from his apartment's window. The obsessive observation of the street becomes a cinematic reflection on the connection between reality and fiction.
How does one find love in a catalog? Pacho Velez (The American Sector, Manakamana) joins a diverse set of New Yorkers searching for their special someone on dating apps and websites. It's a bumpy ride, but they refuse to give up their dream.
Through a plan of exercises, drills and educational programs, the citizens of Israel are required to prepare for the country's ongoing wars. A funny and alarming journey through Israel’s "culture of preparedness" and the people living in its shadow.
Their cameras and scopes are mounted on their helmets, moving with their gaze. Invasive night vision footage accompanies the stories of American and French helicopter gunners in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, raising political, technological, and ethical questions.
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