Documentary Feature

A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. Such films were originally shot on film stock—the only medium available—but now include video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video, made into a TV show or released for screening in cinemas. “Documentary” has been described as a “filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception” that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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il Messaggero

Pete L Ferraro | United States | 01:03:34 | 2022 English “il Messaggero” is a documentary about an Italian immigrant’s mission in 1966. The story of this unique Italian-American experience was created for the 2021 Russo Brothers Film Forum and made possible through a grant awarded to only 8 filmmakers around the country and from… Read more »

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Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism

David Naglieri | United States | 2015 | 1 h 32 m Facebook | Twitter One of history’s greatest examples of the triumph of spiritual power over violence and oppression is vividly recounted in Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism, a new documentary film that poignantly captures the intricate role played… Read more »

JDF16

Laura Prieto, David Adams, Nacho Corbella | United States | 2017 | 50:39 Spanish with English Subtitles José Delfín Fernández was a little kid in the Big Leagues. This documentary chronicles the remarkable and tragically short life of the Florida Marlins pitching ace who died in a boating accident on September 25, 2016 at the… Read more »

Shake Sister Shake

Lisa Eismen | Australia | 2018 | 1:23:00 Website | Facebook | Twitter “Shake Sister Shake is a groundbreaking film that reveals the truth surrounding the world’s love for blues and how few women are in this genre dominated by men. The ladies reveal themselves through interviews and live performances. As we look into the… Read more »

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Surviving Bokator

Mark Bochsler | Canada | 2018 | 1:29:13 Central Khmer, English with English Subtitles Website | Facebook | Twitter What started as a genocide survivor’s dream to revive an ancient sport becomes an inspiring mission to heal a nation. Surviving Bokator is a powerful story about reclaiming cultural identity and building bridges between generations. Filmed… Read more »

The Last American Colony

Bestor Cram | United States | 01:31:20 | 2019 English In September 2017, Hurricane Maria pummeled the island of Puerto Rico, but it isn’t the forces of nature that have done the most damage to the 3.5 million American citizens who live here. A history of economic exploitation, forced dependency, and systemic racism coming from… Read more »

Triple Divide [redacted]

Joshua B. Pribanic, Melissa A. Troutman | United States | 2016 | 59 m Facebook | Twitter A ‘bombshell’ documentary about the impact of fracking with exclusive interviews from oil and gas industry leaders, independent experts and impacted residents. TRIPLE DIVIDE covers five years (2011 – 2016) of cradle-to-grave investigations by investigative news nonprofit Public Herald… Read more »

Genesis: Paradise Lost

Ralph Strean | United States | 2017 | 1:40:00 Website | Facebook | Twitter If there is one part of the Bible that has undergone more scrutiny and abuse than any other, it is the beginning—Genesis. The heated debate over origins has questioned the Creation and ultimately the Creator. So what exactly happened at “Creation,”… Read more »

Beyond Crisis

Kai Reimer-Watts | Canada | 2017 | 1:04:25 Website | Facebook | Twitter BEYOND CRISIS is a story of hope for a rapidly changing world: a meditative call to action that explores what it means to be living in this new era of climate change, as told by over fifty diverse voices from across Canada,… Read more »

Crossing Superior

Corey Adkins | United States | 2018 | 50:00 Crossing Lake Superior follows a riveting 60-mile journey three men took with their paddle boards across a lake that is often a force to be reckoned with. 11 time Emmy award winner Corey Adkins tagged along to document the 22 hour journey with Stand Up for… Read more »