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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Message in a Bottle

Sent to the forest to give remedial lessons to the Pygmee children, a teacher from the city of Yaounde decides to use music to bring the students back to school.

Max In Space – 12 Conversations With the Artist Max Dean

Max Dean is a preeminent Canadian artist whose multidisciplinary work has startled, engaged and intrigued for decades. This documentary in the form of 12 conversations in 12 spaces over the course of one year follows Dean from studio to exhibition spaces and even into Lake Ontario to capture a year in the life of an… Read more »

Letters to My Grandchildren

What do you know about living your life that needs to be passed on? When Carolyn Wellington was diagnosed with terminal cancer, her daughter, filmmaker Carol Wolf determined to preserve the sound of her voice, and her wise counsel, for her very young grandchildren. Wolf interviewed her for the advice she would give her grandchildren… Read more »

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!

Flying High – Voliamo Alto

Marisa and Giancarlo are husband and wife. Problems during childbirth have caused very large damage to their body, but not to their lives. With tenacity, from childhood, they have struggled to carry on a full life. The film is the story of how they managed to do it. In “Voliamo Alto” three narrative threads are… Read more »

Elbrus-Sky

Luissa Burton is an internationally recognized model and 2018’s Miss Europe World beauty pageant winner who suffers from the chronic skin disorders, eczema and psoriasis. Though many people told her that these afflictions would make it impossible for her to ever pursue her dreams of becoming a professional model, she refused to listen to their… Read more »

El Cuarto Reino

In a redemption center on the outskirts of New York, undocumented illegal aliens and underdogs have a shared disappointment in the American Dream. Responding to this false promise, Ana, Walter, Eugene, Pierre and René, will find in each other’s company, answers to cosmic mysteries and existential questions that make us all human. Dreams don’t die… Read more »

CONFRA

In 1952, Wole Soyinka (Nobel Laureate), along with six other friends, started the Pyrates Confraternity at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The Supreme Eiye Confraternity began in 1963, and the Buccaneers Confraternity in 1972. Some other groups emerged later, and they all coexisted peacefully on the campuses. However, in the 1980s, things changed. And ever… Read more »

Celso Antônio, Brazilian

The documentary is an immersion in the trajectory of the Maranese sculptor Celso Antônio de Menezes, who lived between 1896 and 1984 and intensively participated of the modernist movement, along with Di Cavalcanti, Anita Malfatti, Manuel Bandeira, among others. Although acclaimed as an important avant-garde artist, his work today is held hostage by the unknown…. Read more »

American Family Revival

In modern times, Americans have been losing touch with their heritage and culture, as the foundations of the family structure are being eroded out from under them. Rather than being the center of their lives, family concerns are giving way to the demands of the workplace, the classroom, and obligations of debt. Having many children,… Read more »