Most Watched Documentaries
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Critic Reviews‘Macdonald makes artful use of jarring, subversive cuts to highlight the contradictions in Houston’s career.’ New Yorker ‘Kevin Macdonald’s “Whitney” is a documentary chronicle of Whitney Houston’s life; it’s tough-minded, unsparing and far superior to the biopic and the nonfiction film that preceded it.’ Wall Street Journal ‘Kevin Macdonald’s electrifying and empathetic doc on Whitney Houston drops a shocking revelation about abuse- but if his look at how she fell apart shortchanges the range of her talent it is anything but sensationalistic,’ Rolling Stone
AwardsEdinburgh International Film Festival 2018 Winner of Best Documentary Feature Film
Critic Reviews‘The transporting power of this experience is in the passionate and almost outlandishly eloquent verbal expression Trumbo poured into his correspondence, and the vividly American principles he defends.’ film.com ‘It will serve as a fine entry point for younger auds interested in learning about theprice paid by moviemakers and their families swept up in the 1950s anti-Communist net.’ Variety ‘The film is an enlightening recap of ’50s Red Scare politics, and a parade of actors giving meaningful, earnest readings of Trumbo’s speeches and letters.’ Newsday.
AwardsWinner Freedom of Expression Award at the National Board of Review, USA
Critic Reviews“The film is a fair slice of nostalgia about one of the most influential bands to ever come from Britain. And though you might distance yourself from the lingering indie fall out that haunts the streets of Camden in 2014, any British music fan who owned a guitar during the last ten years would be lying if they said Up The Bracket didn’t feel godly at some point during their formative years.” Vice
Critic Reviews‘The film definitely has an agenda of positivity that is presented in a simple to understand manner. Unlike The Secret, The Thought Exchange is not relayed in a heavy handed manner. It’s rather uplifting and presented lightly with a dynamic use of ethereal music. Throughout the film, I never felt like I was being convinced of anything. I truly felt that the people in the piece believed and actually followed the methodology of The Thought Exchange.’
Critic Reviews‘Testimonials cover a wide range, including England’s Prince William who helps to bring it all into perspective.’ Seattle Times ‘Concern for animals aside, this is a portrait of capitalism at its most destructive, and rhinos and elephants are not the only creatures it will leave you fearful for.’ Eye for Film ‘Filmic, often elegiac, and hopefully galvanising.’ Screen International
AwardsAnchorage International Film Festival 2017, Best Documentary Feature NORTHWESTFEST International Documentary & Media Arts Festival 2017, winner of best international feature San Diego International Film Festival 2017, winner of the festival award for best documentary Tribeca Film Festival 2017, winner of the Disruptive Innovation Award
Critic Reviews‘Absorbingly, unfussily captures Catena’s daily challenges and feats while also painting a vivid, often heartbreaking portrait of a forgotten people trapped in an underreported sociopolitical nightmare.’ Los Angeles Times ‘The Heart of Nuba delivers a moving but thankfully not overly sentimental portrait of this admirable figure.’ Hollywood Reporter ‘The film is worth seeing because it’s a moving and remarkable story and it represents a great cause.’ New York Times
AwardsHollywood Film Festival 2017, Most Impactful Documentary Feature
Critic Reviews‘Wilko is irrepressibly energetic, holding forth on life, love, the universe and above all the prospect of death.’ Guardian ‘This is a moving portrait of a remarkable man, which is at its most effective when it just lets him speak.’ CineVue ‘Part biopic, part arty collage film, part scenic ramble through the great guitarist’s synaptic labyrinth.’ Time Out
AwardsIn-Edit 2015, winner of the Jury Prize for best international documentary FOCAL International Awards 2016, winner of the FOCAL award for best use of footage in a documentary feature
Critic Reviews‘The footage of the food is positively mouthwatering, a salient reminder of its ability to unite people within a culture as well as outside it.’ Chicago Reader ‘A stirring tale of empowerment, the documentary “Soufra” shows how societal change can begin with small steps.’ New York Times ‘To consider the long-standing Bourj al Barajneh is to consider the true humanity of refugees, who have hopes, dreams, lives to live and work to do. “Soufra” efficiently and effectively illustrates those ideas.’ Los Angeles Times
AwardsCinetopia Film Festival 2018, Foreign Documentary El Gouna International Film Festival 2017, Cinema for Humanity Prize, Mentor Arabia Award, Golden Star. Florida Film Festival 2018, winner of the audience award Galway Film Fleadh 2018, Best International Feature Documentary Napa Valley Film Festival 2018, winner of the audience award San Diego International Film Festival 2018, winner of the audience award
Critic Reviews‘Don’t watch this film and expect an authoritative critical analysis of the film; watch it and explore the distorting, drug-like pull that some art can exert on its audience.’ Times (UK)
AwardsAustin Fantastic Fest Winner Jury Prize for Best Film & Best Director International Documentary Association Winner Creative Recognition Award for Best Editing
Queen of the sun takes us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees. This engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world.
Rich subject matter and persuasive presentation make this visually appealing nature documentary worth buzzing about. Hollywood Reporter
‘Queen of the Sun” is a beautiful nature film, with gorgeous, multicolored shots of bees and flowers. It also is a well-made documentary about the troubles of the honeybee. New York Post
What it is doing, and beautifully, is making a sunny and optimistic case for why the world is worth saving, via gorgeous imagery and poetic appreciations of the bees themselves. NPR
“Queen” sheds much-needed light on a disaster in progress. Los Angeles Times
Their honey has never looked so delicious. Or so precious. New York Times
Queen of the Sun optimistically counters with a panoply of ravishing shots featuring harmonious interaction between bees and impossibly colorful flowers, even as it plays up “the miracle of nature” angle a tad too heavily. Time Out
One of the most beautifully filmed documentaries that I’ve ever seen. Hollywood Report Card
International Documentary Association, 2010. Winner of the Pare Lorenz Award – honourable mention.
Red Rock Film Festival, 2010. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature.
Project Nim was released to critical acclaim. The film has won 15 and was nominated for 27 awards, including Best Documentary at the 65th British Academy Film Awards.
Project Nim is a 2011 British documentary film. It focuses on Project Nim, a research project that was mounted in the 1970s to determine whether a primate raised in close contact with humans could develop a limited “language” based on American Sign Language.
Equal parts hilarious, poignant, and heartbreaking, Project Nim not only tells a compelling story masterfully, but also raises the flag on the darker side of human nature.
‘This haunting life story is an exquisite example of non-fiction filmmaking as full-bodied, emotionally complex drama.’ Hollywood Reporter
‘The release of this documentary by James Marsh in the same week as Rise of the Planet of the Apes is wittily timed. It too speaks of caged primates, though its judgement on their captors is far more disturbing.’ Independent UK
‘Marsh, who made the multi-awarded Man on a Wire, takes no sides but lets the humans speak for themselves, rum lot that they are.’ London Evening Standard
‘A harrowing and intensely powerful tale of an animal who was perhaps more human than the actual humans around him.’ From the Front Row
Awards Circuit Community Awards 2011
Winner of theACCA award for Best Documentary Feature
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2011
Winner of theBSFC Award for Best Documentary – James Marsh
Directors Guild of America, USA 2012
Winner of theDGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary – James Marsh
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2011
Winner of the FFCC Award for Best Documentary
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2011
Winner of the SDFCS Award for Best Documentary
Critic Reviews‘One of the best documentaries of the year.’ Entertainment Weekly ‘At times it plays like an extended skit on “The Daily Show”; yet its disorder also makes its insights – like how strongly the church’s training sessions resemble acting classes – feel refreshingly organic.’ New York Times
Winner of three prime-time Emmy’s, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God is a 2012 documentary film directed by Oscar winning Alex Gibney. The film details the first known protest against clerical sex abuse in the United States by four deaf men.
Alex Gibney examines the abuse of power in the Catholic Church through the story of four courageous deaf men, who in the first known case of public protest, set out to expose the priest who abused them. Through their case the film follows a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland’s churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican.
‘A kind of unintentional leaving gift for the outgoing Pope Benedict, though it is not one he is likely to relish.’ Guardian
‘The case has been widely reported but this is still an important film, laying out who knew what, and when. It’s chilling: the conspiracy of silence goes all the way to the Vatican.’ Time Out
‘In the end, decades of such crimes going undetected and undeterred under the aegis of one employer – any employer – speaks for itself. And the extraordinary perseverance and courage of the men from St. John’s speaks louder still.’ New York Post
‘There is something to be said for a clear and unblinking recitation of facts, and thankfully Mr. Gibney does a lot of that.’ New York Times
Primetime Emmy Awards 2013, Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking, Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming, Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming.
Irish Film and Television Awards 2013, winner of Best Feature Documentary
London Film Festival 2012, winner of the Grierson Award
The Television Academy Honors 2014, winner of the Television Academy Honors
Critic Reviews‘It all makes for an absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force.’ Washington Post ‘The tension builds incrementally, reaching almost unbearable heights at its dizzying climax.’ Sight and Sound ‘Reminds us that dreams can come true and men can fly, through the heights of the imagination and the triumph of the human spirit – this a film for all those who ever dared to dream.’ From the Front Row ‘In this exhilarating, palm-moistening documentary by British filmmaker James Marsh (Wisconsin Death Trip), the twin towers are back to celebrate one of their finest moments.’ Film.com
AwardsAcademy Awards, USA 2009 Winner of an Oscar for best documentary, Features BAFTA Awards 2009 Winner of the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film AARP Movies for Grownups Awards 2009 Winner Movies for Grownups Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2008 Winner of Best Edited Documentary Austin Film Critics Association 2008 Winner of Best Documentary British Independent Film Awards 2008 Winner British Independent Film Award for Best British Documentary Film Independent Spirit Awards 2009 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary International Documentary Association 2008 Winner of the IDA Award for best Feature Documentary Sundance Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Audience Award for best in World Cinema – Documentary
Lost in La Mancha is a 2002 documentary film about the making of Terry Gilliam’s first attempt at The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. His effort was a film adaptation of the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. The documentary was shot in 2000 during Gilliam’s first attempt to make the film, as an intended work of the genre known as the “making-of”. But Gilliam’s failure to complete his movie resulted in the documentary filmmakers retitling their work as Lost in la Mancha and releasing it independently.
Critic Leonard Maltin has described Lost in La Mancha as one of the best films about the process of moviemaking. It was nominated for various awards, including a BAFTA Award and a Satellite Award for Best Documentary Film. It won a Satellite Award for Best Documentary.
‘Anyone who thinks making movies is easy needs to see this hilariously painful cautionary tale. It’s a tribute to Gilliam that he never once took off his mike or asked the filmmakers to stop rolling.’ Newsweek
‘Gilliam himself is a joy to behold. His wit stays sharp even as his fortunes dull, and the conditions that conspire against him only prove the mettle in our man of La Mancha.’ Globe and Mail
‘A fascinating chronicle of bad luck, bad faith and bad weather all striking on the same day.’ Washington Post
Evening Standard British Film Awards 2003 Winner Peter Sellers Award for Comedy Keith Fulton
Satellite Awards 2004 Winner Golden Satellite Award Best Documentary DVD
I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.
Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal said, “the film is unsparing as history and enthralling as biography. It’s an evocation of a passionate soul in a tumultuous era, a film that uses Baldwin’s spoken words, and his notes for an unfinished book, to illuminate the struggle for civil rights.”
‘I Am Not Your Negro is an utterly brilliant film – bold, galvanising, even gripping…’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘Baldwin re-emerges as a devastatingly eloquent speaker and public intellectual; a figure who deserves his place alongside Edward Said, Frantz Fanon or Gore Vidal.’ Guardian
‘Raoul Peck’s lyrical documentary was nominated for an Oscar this year, and it really should have won.’ Times UK
‘An astonishment.’ Observer (UK)
BAFTA Awards 2018 Winner of the BAFTA Film Award for Best Documentary
Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2018 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Documentary
Berlin International Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Panorama Audience Award for best Documentary Film – Raoul Peck
Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention – Panorama
Chicago International Film Festival 2016 Winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature
César Awards, France 2018 Winner of the César for Best Documentary Film
Dublin International Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Dublin Film Critics Award for Best Documentary
Empire Awards, UK 2018 Winner of the Empire Award for Best Documentary
Golden Trailer Awards 2017 Winner of the Golden Trailer for Best Documentary
London Critics Circle Film Awards 2018 Winner of the ALFS Award for Documentary of the Year
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2016 Winner of the LAFCA Award for Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film
News & Documentary Emmy Awards 2019 Winner of the Emmy – Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary
San Francisco Film Critics Circle 2016 Winner of the SFFCC Award for Best Documentary
Toronto International Film Festival 2016 Winner of the People’s Choice Award for best Documentary
Critic Reviews‘Beautifully filmed testimonies that tear at your soul.’ Little White Lies ‘Difficult, but hugely important film-making.’ Times (UK) ‘Ai Weiwei’s magnificent documentary stands as a companion piece to the BBC’s series, Exodus: Our Journey To Europe.’ Independent (UK) ‘A powerful portrait of horror, hope and humanity emerges.’ Total Film (UK)
AwardsBambi Awards 2017 Winner of the Bambi Award for Courage – Weiwei Ai Venice Film Festival 2017 Winner of the CICT-UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award – Weiwei Ai Winner of the Fair Play Cinema Award – Special Mention – Weiwei Ai Winner of the Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award – Weiwei Ai Winner of the Human Rights Film Network Award – Special Mention – Weiwei Ai Winner of the Leoncino d’Oro Agiscuola Award – Cinema for UNICEF – Weiwei Ai
Critic Reviews‘Vidal was our last great Roman senator, mourning the republic as he gazed at a corrupt empire. “Whenever I want to know what the United States is up to,” he said, “I look into my own black heart.”’ Boston Globe ‘We watch before our eyes as Vidal goes from an impossibly handsome young man to a broken-down old one, and age does nothing for his mood.’ San Fransisco Chronicle ‘Vidal proves a great one for carving up sacred cows – the Founders, Lincoln, Kennedy, The New York Times, and on occasion, the most holy bovine of the self.’ San Diego Reader
AwardsAspen Filmfest 2013, Audience Special Recognition – Documentary Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014, winner of best documentary feature Traverse City Film Festival 2013, winner of the founders prize – special award United Nations Association Film Festival 2013, winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary
Critic Reviews‘Life is the collection of memories, and Campbell is losing them. But there is solace in the reality that you will not miss what you cannot recall.’ Globe and Mail ‘It’s a rare, intensely personal look at Alzheimer’s that will be tragically familiar to those who have lived with it and sobering and sad for those who have not.’ Toronto Star ‘Emotional and intimate.’ Toronto Sun ‘ This is a portrait of a star gaining luster even as his mortality becomes more evident.’ Seattle Times
AwardsEdmonton International Film Festival 2014 Winner of most outstanding biography Grammy Awards 2016 Winner of the best compilation soundtrack Nashville Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Grand Jury Prize Vancouver International Film Festival 2014 Winner of the award for most popular documentary feature film
Critic Reviews‘Banksy proves that his talents extend beyond the spray can to the movie camera.’ Independent (UK) ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop offers an absorbing glimpse of a bracingly subversive slice of the culture, as well as some tantalizing images of Banksy at work.’ Washington Post ‘As insightful as it is funny. You’ll be enthralled.’ People Magazine
AwardsAmerican Cinema Editors, USA 2011 Winner of the Eddie for Best Edited Documentary Austin Film Critics Association 2010 Winner of theAFCA Award for Best Documentary Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2011 Winner of theCOFCA Award for Best Documentary Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Winner CFCA Award for Best Documentary Denver Film Critics Society 2011 Winner of the DFCS Award for Best Documentary Film Film Independent Spirit Awards 2011 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary International Cinephile Society Awards 2011 – Winner of the ICS Award for Best Documentary New York Film Critics, Online 2010 Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Documentary San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2010 Winner of the SDFCS Award for Best Documentary Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Winner of the Allan King Documentary Award Winner of the TFCA Award Best First Feature Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards 2010 Winner of the WAFCA Award for Best Documentary
Critic Reviews‘Your sympathy and judgment coexist, no matter how wince-inducing it gets with each turbulent turn. Context is everything here.’ Los Angeles Times ‘For the most part the film chronicles the complex tale cogently and effectively, using extensive archival footage as well as contemporary interviews that help put the events in context.’ Hollywood Reporter ‘We see the resilience of the adult Elián when he takes a swim near a Cuban beach: After all he’s endured, he’s not afraid of the water.’ Village Voice
AwardsMontclair Film Festival (MFF) 2017, winner of the Junior Jury award
Critic Reviews‘The Norman Rockwell of movie advertising steps in front of the camera for a long-overdue celebration sure to delight fans and heighten awareness of his legacy.’ Variety ‘Drew makes a valid case for the artist as not simply an all-time great, but as a casualty of a business that prizes bottom-line cost management above unique creativity.’ AV Club
AwardsDragon*Con Independent Film Festival 2014 – Winner of Best Feature Film Ridgewood Guild Film Festival, US 2014 – Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Documentary
Critic Reviews‘Although it’s a fascinating subject, the director doesn’t bring much rigour or insight to the complexity of the case.’ Globe and Mail ‘Narrated by Keanu Reeves, it plunges into the tangled web of secrecy, accusations and criminal activity – with implications for the future of technological freedom.’ Toronto Star ‘This intriguing documentary about alleged Silk Road website founder Ross Ulbricht may lack balance, but compels interest nonetheless.’ Variety
AwardsAnthem Film Festival, Las Vegas 2016, winner of the audience choice award
Critic Reviews‘This is a movie that has lots of magic, in more ways than one.’ San Fransisco Chronicle ‘What he does with cards, a magician can’t do,” says [Turner’s] son and stage manager Asa Spades Turner. Director Luke Korem’s documentary proves the lad’s point.’ San Diego Reader ‘Dealt” achieves the neat trick of giving its main subject a rewarding character arc.’ Los Angeles Times ‘The card magician Richard Turner reveals that he has more than just a few tricks up his sleeve in Luke Korem’s captivating documentary “Dealt.”’ New York Times ‘A polished portrait that should play very well to those with eye disease and to those who support them.’ Hollywood Reporter
AwardsDallas International Film Festival 2017, winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary DeadCenter Film Festival 2017, winner of Best Documentary Independent Film Festival of Boston 2017, winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary SXSW Film Festival 2017, winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Critic Reviews‘Jam-packed but never disorienting, Cool It will definitely get your head spinning.’ Globe and Mail ‘Blond, boyish and with an irrepressible faith in human adaptability, Mr. Lomborg is the anti-Gore.’ New York Times ‘By bringing in a diverse group of big thinkers to take part in a very animated, sometimes agitated, discussion, the filmmaker has succeeded in bringing what could have been a very dry mountain of data, theories and experimental research to vibrant life.’ Los Angeles Times
AwardsLower East Side Film Festival 2016, winner of best of fest San Francisco Docfest 2016, winner of the Jury Prize Slamdance Film Festival 2016, winner of best documentary feature The Alhambra Theatre Film Festival 2016, winner of best documentary
Critic Reviews‘A sad, involving story.’ The Guardian ‘Martin has bestowed cinematic order on mayhem-fuelled lives.’ Little White Lies ‘All This Mayhem captivates not only in its energetic style of storytelling, but also thanks to the charisma that exudes from the mouth of Tas as he honesty tells his side of this doomed Shakespearean tale.’ CineVue ‘Candid and clear-eyed, this doc will wow boarding fans but has something to offer to the unconverted too.’ Empire Magazine
AwardsAustralian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, winner of the best direction in a documentary, best editing in a documentary, best original music score in a documentary.
Nick Broomfield’s second documentary about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, focusing on her mental state on death row. Winner of the Amnesty International DOEN Award at Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2003, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer is a 2003 feature-length documentary film about Aileen Wuornos, directed by Nick Broomfield.
The film focuses on Wuornos’ declining mental state and the questionable judgment to execute her despite her being of unsound mind. This chilling, unsettling documentary provides an eye-opening look at the American justice system. Nick Broomfield’s documentary looks at Aileen’s violent, tortured childhood in Troy, Michigan and her subsequent years on the road as a hitch-hiking prostitute which culminated in the murders. In her last interview, conducted by Broomfield at Aileen’s request, she said she believed her mind was being controlled by radio waves. On October 9th 2002 she was executed in Florida.
‘The film stands quite chillingly as a final statement from a woman trying to fight her own commodification.’ Boston Globe ‘Provides an opportunity to study one of history’s supposed anomalies: a female serial killer.’ Washington Post
Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2003, winner of the Amnesty International DOEN Award.
Tribeca Film Festival 2003, winner of the special mention award.
Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.
‘20 Feet from Stardom, this year’s Oscar-winner for Best Documentary, is both rousing, upbeat fare… and a film steeped in a strange sense of yearning and regret.’Independent (UK)
‘Such a great idea for a documentary, and such a surprise to realise that it has never been done before.’ Guardian
‘The parade of incredible women, the stream of songs you won’t believe they sang on, and those irresistible voices belting out keep the rhythm going through the schmaltz, even if the conductor seems to have dropped his hymn book.’ CineVue
Academy Awards, USA 2014 Winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary, Features.
Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2018 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best International Film (English Language)
American Cinema Editors, USA 2014 Winner of the Eddie for Best Edited Documentary – Feature.
Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Music Documentary Audience Award for Morgan Neville.