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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Latigo (Whip)

What’s so funny about Cuba? It’s been closed off to most of the world for sixty-five years, has little internet but yet a thriving comedy scene, how? The Buena Vista Social Club of Comedy!

Maasai 10th Lost Tribe of Israel

Dante Tanikie-Montagnani | United Kingdom | 2014 | 1 h English, Swahili with English Subtitles Facebook | Twitter A group of young boys in Samburu, Kenya, undergo a series of time honoured rituals to become warriors; their rite of passage Cast Samson Leyamyam

A Candle in a Candy Store

Phil Audibert, Ross Hunter | United States | 2016 | 55 m A documentary celebrating 100 years of community service by what may be the oldest rural volunteer fire company in the state of Virginia

The Celebration

Alexandra Wesolowski | Germany | 2017 | 1:15:00 Website The family party that unveils long-forgotten family secrets is a frequent plot twist in fiction cinema. This film seduces the cinephile memory almost to the point of labelling it as fiction, while remaining a masterful exercise in documentary observation. The Celebration follows a Polish family as… Read more »

Baker Does Beethoven

John Hazard | United States | 2018 | 51:00 Roger Baker is a graphic artist and hang glider pilot who has chosen a seemingly impossible task. He will use lawn mowers to carve an image of an iconic figure into a field outside Ellenville, NY. And to what purpose? Baker’s purpose is to celebrate Beethoven…. Read more »

Dear Rosalynn

Sean See | United States | 2018 | 1:08:48 Documentary on the life of former First Lady, Rosalynn Carter as told through the eyes of Los Angeles High School students. Cast Rosalynn Carter Jimmy Carter Producer Dan Horn

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We, the Voyagers: Our Vaka

Marianne “Mimi” George | Solomon Islands | 00:56:15 | 2020 English Logline for the series: We are the crew of Lata, the Polynesian culture-hero who built the first voyaging canoe and navigated across the Pacific. We use only ancient designs, materials, and methods, and we invite everyone to reconnect with ancestors and sustainable lifeways. Come… Read more »

The Greatest Honor

Kane Farabaugh | United States | 2015 | 53 m Facebook This is the story of a son’s last chance to understand the war experience of his father, John Amm, a veteran of “C” Company of the 260th Infantry Regiment, 65th Infantry Division. John Amm’s unit was the “tip of the spear” in the Allied… Read more »

Tayos

Miguel Garzon | Ecuador | 2017 | 1:26:36 Hungarian, Spanish with English Subtitles Facebook | Twitter July, 1976. For one month and a half, an impressive scientific and military enterprise takes place in Ecuador under the auspices of the British and Ecuadorian governments. It purports to explore Tayos, a legendary cave in the Amazon forest, nd has… Read more »

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Above the Drowning Sea

Nicola Zavaglia, Rene Balcer | Canada | 2017 | 1:32:00 Website | Facebook | Twitter On the eve of World War II, tens of thousands of Jewish refugees are trapped in Nazi-controlled VIENNA. This is the epic story of their dramatic escape to Shanghai. Cast Julianna Margulies Tony Goldwyn Nick Mancuso Writer Rene Balcer Nicola… Read more »