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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Children of the Arctic

Nick Brandestini | Switzerland | 2015 | 1 h 33 m Facebook Children of the Arctic is a portrait of Native Alaskan teenagers coming of age at America’s northernmost edge. As their climate and culture undergo profound changes, they strive to be both modern American kids and the inheritors of an ancient whaling culture. Per Filmmaker’s… Read more »

Packard: The Last Shift

Brian Kaufman | United States | 2014 | 1 h 12 m The Packard Motor Car Company and its 5-million square foot plant became a symbol of the American Dream in the heart of the Motor City. Packard left town in 1954, but its plant still stands as a symbol of bankrupt Detroit. The half-mile stretch… Read more »

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Tomislav Zaja | Croatia | 2015 | 1 h 12 m Croatian with English Subtitles Free follows the path to freedom of a group of people with intellectual disabilities that are locked away in Croatian institutions. The only things that Ivan, Enes, Tina, Kruno, Mirko, Tomo have in common is that they are outcasts of society… Read more »

Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message

David Naglieri | United States | 2015 | 58 m The most important event in the evangelization of the New World occurred in December, 1531. Over the course of four days, the Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, appeared to an indigenous convert named Juan Diego. As a result of this encounter,… Read more »

Guns and Guitars – A Musical Travelogue

Bidyut Kotoky | India | 2016 | 1 h 34 m Assamese, Bengali, English, Hindi with English Subtitles Facebook Guns and Guitars track the journey of the director Bidyut back to his root – northeast India. The 8 northeastern states connect with the rest of the country with a mere corridor of 21 km in… Read more »

JNANI

Jean R. Dedieu | United Kingdom | 2016 | 1 h 22 m JNANI IS A feature-length documentary focussing on the life and teachings of the great Indian sage, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi (30th December 1879–14th April 1950), the film explores the sage’s legacy, regarded by many to be the greatest spiritual master of modern times…. 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 »

Jug Band Hokum

Jack Norton | United States | 2015 | 1 h 39 m Facebook | Twitter Jug Band Hokum is the feature length directorial debut from Emmy Award winning filmmaker and musician Jack Norton. Quirky, funny and downright bizarre, the film stars Anne Baggenstoss, Brooklynd Turner, Lil’ Majesty and Amnesia Starr. This highly anticipated documentary follows the… Read more »

Maire’s Journey

Keith Famie | United States | 2016 | 1 h 35 m Facebook We step into one cancer patients life during her most difficult times. 24-year old Maire lost her battle to a rare cancer of the heart. Her dying wish was that her ashes would go into a wooden sailboat built by blind carpenter… Read more »

Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984-1992

Dagmar Schultz | Germany | 2012 | 1 h 24 m German with English Subtitles Facebook Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 brings to light a little-known chapter of the writer’s prolific life, a period in which she helped ignite the Afro-German Movement and made lasting contributions to the German political and cultural… Read more »