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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A Nation Divided

Steven West, Shane Schmidt | United States | 2018 | 1:37:00 A two year look into the growing division in the United States and the issues at the center of the divide. Cast Ted Nugent Harry Reid Writer Steve West Producer Steve West

Zhuravlev Avenue

Valentin Borisov | Russian Federation | 01:31:00 | 2021 Russian A film about the archaeologist Anatoly Zhuravlev, one of Russian eccentric optimists. He reflects on ancient civilizations and modern Russian life in the film. The filmmaker lived with Anatoly for several years of his life.

Diagnosing Healthcare

Paul Roberts | United States | 01:29:19 | 2020 English A social-impact documentary that centers on health care reform. The intention of the film is to start a discussion and to spur debate about the future of health care. Through artistic footage, the film identifies the most problematic areas of the current mainstream health care… Read more »

The IBUR Connection

Joe Diamand | United States | 2015 | 1 h 17 m Facebook | Twitter The IBUR Connection is a film about miracles. It was filmed in Israel, the West Bank, Morocco, Ukraine, and Poland. It is a historical spiritual road trip told from the tombs of Saints and Prophets. At the tombs of the… Read more »

Detroit Under STRESS

David Van Wie | United States | 2017 | 01:25:26 Facebook | Twitter In 1971, the Detroit Police Department begins operating one of the most controversial decoy police units ever created to battle street crime, S.T.R.E.S.S. (Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets). After one year, Detroit becomes the city with the highest police civilian fatal shootings… Read more »

Port Triumph

Jeff Gould | El Salvador | 2018 | 1:01:00 Website PORT TRIUMPH In the 1970s, the 1500 organized workers of Puerto el Triunfo – mostly women – thanks to their struggles were amongst the more privileged laborers in the country. Then, state repression eliminated union leaders or drove them into exile. By 1990, the industry… Read more »

Straight from The Pen

Paul Sutton, Lori Sutton | United States | 2017 | 51:18 Website Twenty-four prisoners–mostly lifers–sat across from a dozen college students on a maximum-security prison yard in southern California as part of an innovative and inspiring creative writing class. For 14 weeks, prisoners learned to express themselves openly and honestly, many for the first time… Read more »

Silent Struggle

This film documents the minute detail journey of Chris’ challenging walk from Sevilla to Santiago de Compostela on Vía de la Plata and the Camino Sanabrés in June and July of 2017. While walking alone across Spain he was shooting this documentary himself. The film consists of two distinct, but parallel stories that are sometimes… Read more »

Mary Boyle: The Untold Story

Gemma O’Doherty | Ireland | 2016 | 1 h 23 m Mary Boyle is Ireland’s youngest missing person. She was six when she vanished on her grandparents’ remote farm in March 1977 after going for a walk with her uncle. The Irish police and media have always maintained she was taken by a stranger but her… Read more »

Reza Abdoh, Theatre Visionary

Adam Soch | United States | 2015 | 1:44:00 Facebook Reza Abdoh (1963-1995) was an Iranian-born American theatre director and playwright known for his groundbreaking, experimental productions. Abdoh died of AIDS in 1995 at the age of 32 having created an impressive body of stage spectacles known for their sensory overload, ferocious energy and hallucinatory… Read more »