Creativity, longing, healing and the surprising way all three can merge together underscore this engrossing documentary about Marwencol, a miniature World War II Belgian town created by Mark Hogancamp as therapy for injuries suffered in a vicious attack.
Covertly filmed on location in Zimbabwe, this award-winning film documents a white farmer’s court battle with President Robert Mugabe to keep his farm against the backdrop of Mugabe’s reelection campaign.
Through the glass window of Nénette’s enclosure, Nicolas Philibert’s camera remains trained on the 40-year-old orangutan as zoo keepers and visitors observe and comment on her appearance and behavior from the outside. But who is really observing whom?
In the second film of her post-9/11 trilogy, Poitras unfolds a complex portrait of two men once close to Osama bin Laden: an Al Qaeda insider driving a cab in Yemen and his brother-in-law, a Guantanamo Bay detainee. Through this personal story slowly unfolds an indictment of the “war on terror.”
More prolific than Soderbergh, more resourceful than Welles, indefatigable DIY filmmaker Daniel Burmeister drives from village to village making amateur genre movies with local residents—no contracts, no red tape, just a pitch and a handshake—in this irresistible documentary feature.
Pianomania gets up close and personal to a group of world famous virtuosos, but the real stars of this penetrating documentary are Stefan Knüpfer, the Steinway & Sons master piano tuner doubling as physician and voice coach, and the beautiful instruments themselves.
A young man wrongfully convicted of homicide does all he can to pursue justice in a system in which guilt is presumed and the conviction rate is 95 percent, in this taut documentary exposé of Mexico’s dysfunctional criminal courts.
This extensively researched documentary combines archival footage, rare recordings and interviews to trace the fascinating and rousing 200-year history of gospel music, featuring such giants as Mahalia Jackson, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Mavis Staples.
As unnerving as it is illuminating of the dangers, toils and absurdities of war, Restrepo is an intimate portrait of a platoon posted to Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, one of the U.S. Army’s most dangerous assignments.
The 2008 Russia-Georgia war forms the crux of this fascinating, highly personal examination of war, holocaust and memory, an extraordinary dual documentary exchange by Russian directors Olga Konskaya and oft-banned former Tarkovsky assistant Andrei Nekrasov.