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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Sanzao 1938 (三灶 1938)

Zhou Ye, Guan Xin | China | 2015 | 1:24:00 Chinese with English Subtitles Sanzao is an island on the southwest of Pearl River Estuary with the area of about 78 km2. Residents on Sanzao Island deeply memorized the days from April 12th to 14th, 1938, or in lunar calendar from March 12th to 14th…. Read more »

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Robbery Of The Heart

Micah E. Brandt | United States | 2018 | 1:06:00 English, German with English Subtitles Website | Facebook Upon returning to his birthplace in Wetter, Germany, and attempting to reconcile with the past, Harry soon discovers that all problems of the past that were responsible for his exile have not been resolved. While the town… 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 Butterfly Effect. From Colmenar Viejo To The Antarctica

Jovi Maco | Spain | 2017 | 80:00 Spanish with English Subtitles The PROJECT ANTÁRTIDA COLMENAR was born in 2015 The project arises from the commitment that the municipality of Colmenar Viejo has with the environment and the landscape for its great ecological value and human well-being. This project has the ambition to participate in… Read more »

Seeds of All Things

Yehuda Sharim | United States | 2018 | 1:31:24 English, Persian with English Website Amid the backdrop of a contentious presidential election, a health clinic in Southwest Houston is run by and for immigrants and refugees. A family from Iran is bound by love as they build a new home in the city’s most diverse… Read more »

John Cousins & University of the Waves

Manfred Waffender | Germany | 2018 | 76:00 German with English Subtitles Website Portrait of a musician: sonic artist John Cousins, born in 1944 in Wellington, New Zealand. His credo he takes from a poem by Pablo Neruda: I need the sea because it teaches me. I don’t know if I learn music or awareness…The… Read more »

Zois

Bujar Alimani | United States | 2018 | 1:00:27 Albanian with English Subtitles A struggling artist, painter, sculptor, escapee, immigrant, yet still a human being who always tried to find his place in this world no matter where, when, or how. Escaping the electrical fence and dodging border guards’ bullets was just the beginning of… Read more »

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Dominion

Chris Delforce | Australia | 2018 | 2:00:00 Website | Facebook Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom. Cast Joaquin Phoenix Rooney Mara Sadie Sink Sia Kat Von D Writer Chris Delforce Producer Chris… Read more »

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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 »

Cuba, Libre

Dick Jordan | United States | 2016 | 55:41 Website | Facebook | Twitter “Cuba, Libre?” is a 56-minute long documentary that traces the history of travel to Cuba by Americans. To date, it has participated in twenty-nine film festivals and film award competitions, been nominated for “Best Documentary” six times, and won thirteen awards,… Read more »