When Two Worlds Collide
A new documentary examines indigenous activism in Peru – calling attention to the dark side of the country's economic boom.
Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie is a perceptive and fair-minded exploration.
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My Scientology Movie avoids taking cheap shots at one of America's most mockable religions; instead it is a fair, revealing (and sometimes funny) look at Scientology's methods and leadership.
Janis Joplin in a new documentary, Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015).
Janis Joplin was once voted the 'Ugliest Man on Campus'. Sharon Jones was told she was 'too old, too fat, too short, too black' to succeed in music. Two documentaries chart the lives of these extraordinary women.
Oscar Pistorius walks without his prosthetic legs at a recent hearing at the Pretoria High Court.
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for killing his girlfriend. It comes after a well-publicised TV interview which some believe was used to influence the judge.
Gene Cernan driving a lunar rover in December 1972.
The Last Man on the Moon is much more than a biographical documentary – it is a gripping account of human endeavour.
A nurse treats Johnny at Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic before he self-injects his medication.
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Hoping to avoid the pitfalls and tropes of drug genre photography, documentary photographer Aaron Goodman spent a year following three addicts enrolled in a heroin-assisted treatment program.
Documentaries are fragile things, easily blown into obscurity or silenced by the sheer weight of corporate power.
This spellbinding documentary tells Malala's story while shining a light on a global injustice
On the Banks of the Tigris is a story of culture triumphing over an oppressive regime.
Award-winning documentary film On the Banks of the Tigris explores the influence of Iraqi Jewish musicians in the cultural life of Iraq and paints a portrait of a country that was once a thriving multicultural centre.
A classic villainous smirk.
Both Netflix's Narcos and the documentary Cartel Land fall into the trap of sensationalising violence and in doing so horribly simplify the story.
Dr. Amanda Foreman in Moscow.
If we are to write woman into the history of humanity, we need to listen to those who aren't 'exceptional'; those whose voices are harder to access.
Award winning documentary The Wolfpack raises questions about the ethics of documentary filmmaking. © 2015 Wolfpack Project, LLC.
Award winning film The Wolfpack tells the story of five brothers who've spent most of their lives confined to a New York apartment. It raises questions about the ethics of documentary filmmaking.
Jonathan Gold has a charming curiosity for food and a willingness to try out weird and wonderful dishes.
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Jonathan Gold, the only restaurant critic to have won a Pulitzer Prize, has a charming curiosity for food. Laura Gabbert’s new documentary focuses on Gold’s penchant for seeking out the hidden treasures of LA.
Périot neither condemns nor romanticises extreme ‘resistance’ and ‘revolutionary’ actions, nor the state’s response.
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Germany's Red Army Faction evolved from student protest to bombings, kidnappings and shootouts with police. The group transformed dissent into spectacular media event. This documentary picks up the story.
A scene from the film ‘The Vow’, which is being shown at the Africa World Documentary Film Festival that aims to depict African stories through documentary.
Cape Town's screening of the Africa World Documentary Film Festival provides a platform for debate, and shows how documentary films clarify and complicate the answers.
Men at Work were found liable for copying two bars from Kookaburra Sits on the Old Gum Tree – a ‘fair use’ exception would have prevented this.
A new book and documentary tell us more about the story behind Men at Work's song Down Under – and the court case it eventually led to. They also prompt questions about current Australian copyright law.
Getting away with murder.
The Look of Silence eschews its predecessor’s gory glamour and offers a harder message for modern Indonesia.
The Lemmings cast. Left to right: Garry Goodrow, Peter Elbling, Chevy Chase, Chris Guest, John Belushi, Mary-Jennifer Mitchell, Alice Peyton.
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Most of us are familiar with the National Lampoon films of the 70s and 80s. But this documentary offers insight into the magazine of the same name and the questionable dynamics of modern satire.
Kurt or Kurdt?
It's important not to conflate and confuse Cobain's varying personas.
A real missed opportunity.
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The political docudrama missed a huge opportunity to offer real insight so close to another election.