Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to 51 years in prison when just 16 years old.
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Dan Birman, director of the new Netflix feature documentary 'Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story,' discusses his filmmaking process and the importance of the case.
Rear Window (1954)
Budding filmmakers needn't let isolation stand in the way of their cinematic dreams. Here are five and a half ways you can make movie magic at home.
Grant, one of the men interviewed in Happy Sad Man. Each of the five men the film focusses on is extremely articulate in describing his experiences with mental illness.
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This new optimistic and empathetic documentary from Genevieve Bailey looks at the mental health of five Australian men.
Betty Osceola, a Miccosukee educator and water activist who runs her own airboat business, is one narrative guide into the Everglades in SwampScapes.
A filmmaker, her students and community partners create a multi-platform documentary and study guide to teach swamp literacy and care through a trip into the Everglades.
The members of Afghani metal band District Unknown pose after a music video.
An Australian documentary about a group of young Afghanis who form a heavy-metal band highlights rock's subversive power.
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It's beautiful, clever and moving. But Peter Jackson's use of colour and added sound essentially fictionalises this account of life in the trenches.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela being laid to rest. In death, as in life, she divided opinions.
Society expects journalists to report objectively. But a documentary filmmaker has an opinion.
Twelve Angry Men (1957)
Film festival jury duty is glamour-free, demanding endurance, concentration and a clear head.
Margaret Morton’s photographs of the homeless highlighted their makeshift dwellings as symbols of creativity and resourcefulness.
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Even though they don't consistently have a roof over their heads, the homeless do their best to create a routine, form communities and make a home – just like the rest of society.
Mildred and Richard Loving in 1965.
In 1958, Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in Virginia for the crime of being married. The couple helped spark an effort to strike down laws against interracial marriage in the United States.
Cyntoia after guilty verdict.
Cyntoia Brown was just 16 years old when she shot and killed a man in 2004. Under Tennessee law, she won't be eligible for parole until she is 67 years old. Is such a harsh sentence constitutional?
Machines by Rahul Jain reveals how some industries turn bodies into commodities.
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This summer sees the release of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.
Debbie Reynolds poses with her daughter Carrie Fisher backstage after accepting her Lifetime Achievement award at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
After the deaths of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher in the last days of 2016, the release of a new documentary about their lives, Bright Lights, feels serendipitous. Already shown to some film festivals…
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It's easy to forget that in 1992, the Clintons railed spectacularly against the status quo. Fortunately, it's all on film.
Crunchy, and sustainable.
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Humans have eaten insects for centuries, but western diets seem to have lost the taste for them.
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.
Akbar Maulana, an Indonesian high school student in Turkey, talks with his teacher. Akbar is the main character in the newly released documentary Jihad Selfie.
Why do boys decide to join Islamic State? A new documentary focusses on an Indonesian teenager who considers becoming a foreign fighter but takes another path. The film is now being screened to young people across the nation.
1500, BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival
The drug-fuelled sexual practices of some gay men have increasingly become a matter of heated public debate – but there are problems with the way it is presented.