Documentary Short

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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Reddish Egrets Dancing for Dinner

Jo Alwood | United States | 2016 | 3 m   Reddish Egrets are unlike others in the heron family. Instead of standing frozen waiting for prey, the Reddish prances and flutters like a court jester/Baryshnikov. Cast Jo Alwood Viewing Instructions

The Beautiful Ya’an

Wen Tian | Colombia | 2016 | 17 m 22 s The Beautiful Ya’an Ya’an, located in southwestern China, is a magnificent charming city. However, because of its steep topography and remote location, very few people go there. Ya’an is China’s important national passageway and the only way to Tibet. Known as the Gateway to Tibet, Ya’an… Read more »

History Is Disappearing Right Here

Chao Xue | China | 2017 | 12:06 Chinese with English Subtitles Nowadays, with the development of urbanization, the triple contradictions of commercial interests, livelihood, and relics preservation have become increasingly acute. In seeking the balance between commercial interests and livelihood, history is ignored. History serves to be the memory of a nation. No memory, no… Read more »

The Darknet. A Journey into The Digital Underworld.

Annette Dittert, Daniel Moßbrucker | Germany | 2017 | 43:53 It is a dark world, in which you have to know how to get around the Internet using encryption and anonymization techniques: the “darknet” is a playground for drug traffickers, arms dealers and child abusers. At the same time, though, it offers refuge to journalists,… Read more »

Last Dance at Johnson’s Barn

Clay Haskell | United States | 2018 | 17:45 Since 1952, generations of North Dakota families have attended dances at Johnson’s Barn. The barn is an icon on the prairie – so integral to the community fabric that scarcely a family in the region can’t trace a courtship or marriage back to the barn. But… Read more »


Roosevelt Merisier | United States | 2018 | 17:55 A Basketball Documentary about the Northeast Hurricanes. Last appearance in a regional Championship in 33 years. Producer Roosevelt Merisier David Torres This Movie is No Longer Available

Blue Arvida

David D.D. | Canada | 00:08:45 | 2020 French A grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease, a legacy of Super 8 film reels, a wedding recorded on VHS… Blue Arvida shares a thought about images left behind. Writer David D.D. Producer David D.D.

The Lost Scene

Maggie Roback | United States | 00:45:01 | 2021 English As filmmaker Maggie Roback moved through life one question kept emerging in her head: where did all the bands go? She had heard many stories over the years of the once very active and vibrant local music scene in her hometown of Adrian, Michigan, which… Read more »

Hitler’s Parking Lot

A short documentary essay on an overlooked Berlin landmark.

Doomsday Clock

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