My Favourite Documentary Films

Poster for the movie "Navalny"

Navalny

Follows the man who survived an assassination attempt by poisoning with a lethal nerve agent in August 2020. During his months-long recovery, he makes shocking discoveries about the attempt on his life and decides to return home.

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Poster for the movie "Taming the Garden"

Taming the Garden

A powerful man, who is also the former prime minister of Georgia, has developed an unusual hobby. He buys century-old trees, some as tall as 15-floor buildings, and has them excavated along the Georgian coastline to collect them for his private garden. In order to transplant trees of such dimensions, the landscape surrounding them is ripped apart and the people living around them are forced to adapt to the disruption. As the film follows this…

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Poster for the movie "Mistaken for Strangers"

Mistaken for Strangers

Mistaken for Strangers follows The National on its biggest tour to date. Newbie roadie Tom (lead singer Matt Berninger’s younger brother) is a heavy metal and horror movie enthusiast, and can’t help but put his own spin on the experience. Inevitably, Tom’s moonlighting as an irreverent documentarian creates some drama for the band on the road. The film is a hilarious and touching look at two very different brothers, and an entertaining story of artistic…

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Poster for the movie "Mayor"

Mayor

Musa Hadid is the wry, level-headed mayor of Ramallah, a historically Christian city that has become the de facto capital of Palestine. Set during the Christmas season, Mayor observes Hadid, e-cig in hand, as he traverses Ramallah to meet with constituents and manage the quotidian predicaments facing the city, all the while working toward a day when his nation will be truly free. Director David Osit’s patient camera reveals moments of absurd humor, lyricism, and…

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Poster for the movie "Icarus"

Icarus

While investigating the furtive world of illegal doping in sports, director Bryan Fogel connects with renegade Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov—a pillar of his country’s “anti-doping” program. Over dozens of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer despite shocking allegations that place Rodchenkov at the center of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program.

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Poster for the movie "City of Gold"

City of Gold

As the unabashed cradle of Hollywood superficiality and smoggy urban sprawl, Los Angeles has long been condemned as a cultural wasteland. In the richly penetrating documentary odyssey City of Gold, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold shows us another Los Angeles, where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic portal to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America.

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Poster for the movie "Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts"

Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts

Trixie charmed audiences and judges as winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. But the grind of performing and the pressure of the title proves that heavy is the head that wears the tiara.

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Poster for the movie "Assassins"

Assassins

True crime meets global spy thriller in this gripping account of the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader. The film follows the trial of the two female assassins, probing the question: were the women trained killers or innocent pawns of North Korea?

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Poster for the movie "Wheel of Time"

Wheel of Time

Wheel of Time is Werner Herzog’s photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India.

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Poster for the movie "Fire at Sea"

Fire at Sea

Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.

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