Docs in Focus: All Titles

Docs in Focus: All Titles

Screening the works of emerging talents alongside contemporary masters—and orbiting issues ranging from religious transformation to extremism, early cinema to capitalism, marginalization to the embrace of intimacy—Docs in Focus showcases some of the most innovative filmmakers working nonfiction today, including works from Palestine, Syria, Iran, Romania, Israel, and the United States.

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Docs in Focus: All Titles
  • 5 Broken Cameras

    Guy Davidi and Emad Burnat • 2011 • Palestine-Israel

    A personal portrait of life in the occupied West Bank––a Palestinian farmer turned filmmaker documents life in his West Bank village as Israeli settlements grow closer and closer.

    A testament to the notion that the personal is inherently poli...

  • A Good Day To Die

    David Mueller and Lynn Salt • USA • 2010

    At the age of 5, Dennis Banks was taken from his grandparents and relocated to a federal boarding school, where the prime objective was to rid American Indian children of their culture, traditions, and heritage. Experiencing the ripple effects of his co...

  • American Mystic

    Alex Mar • USA • 2010

    Chuck lives in the South Dakota badlands. While he and his wife struggle to make ends meet, they find meaning in their Lakota Sioux heritage, making great effort to preserve their rituals, such as sundancing. In Northern California, Morpheus, a pagan priestess, cultivate...

  • Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

    Canada • Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier & Edward Burtynsky • 2018

    Humanity's damage to ecological systems becomes poignantly clear.

  • Below Sea Level

    Gianfranco Rosi • Italy • 2008

    Roughly 200 miles southeast of Los Angeles, in the wild desert of Southern California, is ad hoc town without electricity or running water. Some denizens are just passing through, others are here to stay. While disparate circumstances have brought them here, all...

  • Bill Cunningham New York

    Richard Press • 2010 • USA

    Richard Press' gentle and moving portrait of the celebrated street-fashion photographer doubles as a study on the changing city itself.

  • Born to Be

    Tania Cypriano • USA • 2020

    New York's Mount Sinai Hospital houses the groundbreaking Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, a mecca for quality gender-affirming care. Here Dr. Jess Ting works with transgender and non-binary patients to navigate their own particular journeys—Cashmere, lon...

  • Concerning Violence

    Göran Hugo Olsson • 2016 • Finland

    Narrated by Lauryn Hill, Concerning Violence boldly interrogates legacies of colonialism, imperialism, and racism in arguments against the African liberation movement, while dismantling facile dichotomies regarding Fanon's political thought.

    Göran Hugo Olsson'...

  • Dawson City: Frozen Time

    Directed by Bill Morrison • 2016 • USA

    Bill Morrison's documentary transports us to a landscape where early cinema intersected with the peak of the Canadian Gold Rush.

  • The Disappearance of My Mother

    Benedetta, an iconic fashion model from the 60s, wants to disappear. Her son documents her final act.

  • El Bulli: Cooking in Progress

    Gereon Wetzel • 2011 • Germany

    Chronicling the process behind El Bulli's last season as a team of chefs embark on an exhilarating journey toward creating the perfect menu.

  • Fire at Sea

    Directed by Gianfranco Rosi • 2016 • Italy

    Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, Fire at Sea weaves a rich tapestry of Lampedusa, the nexus of the European refugee crisis.

  • The Five Obstructions

    Lars von Trier • 2003 • Denmark-Switzerland-Belgium-France

    Documents the re-making of Jørgen Leth's classic short film The Perfect Human through a maddening maze of obstacles imposed by his former student Lars von Trier.

  • The Force

    Peter Nicks • 2017 • USA

    Oakland Police Department. Sean Whent is hired as the department's chief, with the mandate to come in and clean up shop. He arrives with the best intentions, but soon learns that repairing the trust between the community, and those charged to protect them, will be no ea...

  • Goodbye Gauley Mountain

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    Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens • USA • 2014

    An ecosexual love story.

    Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle have returned to the former's home state of West Virginia. Mountain-top removal, a form of surface mining that destroys local peaks to get at veins of cheap coal below, has dev...

  • The Gospel of Eureka

    Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher • USA • 2019

    Eureka, Arkansas is a one-of-a-kind oasis in the traditionally conservative bastion of the Ozarks. Alongside a devout Christian population is a thriving queer community, whose epicenter is a local gay bar run by Lee and Walter. The proudly out hus...

  • Hieronymus Bosch

    Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil is a fascinating dive into the life and work of the highly controversial fifteenth century painter.

  • How to Change the World

    Jerry Rothwell • Canada • 2015

    Filmmaker Jerry Rothwell examines the early days of Greenpeace.

  • I Touched All Your Stuff

    A prison in São Paulo, Brazil. Researching criminals for a documentary, two Brazilian directors happen upon Christopher Kirk, an unassuming American with a secret to tell. As they dive deeper into his history, however, Kirk hijacks their narrative, intent on recounting a love affair he had with a...

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  • The Land of Azaba

    The Campanarios de Azaba Nature Reserve in Spain is one of the largest remaining tracts of wild nature in western Europe. Over the past centuries, it has fallen victim to exploitation—in the forms of hunting and farming—and neglect. Today it is the site of an ambitious rewilding project that se...

  • Machines

    Rahul Jain • India • 2016

    Located on the northwest coast of India, Gujarat is a region known for textile production. Inside an enormous factory, set to the constant buzz and whirr of machines, workers labor for 12 hour days in order to eke out a meager living and send money to their families ba...

  • Manufactured Landscapes

    Photographer Edward Burtynsky has won international accolades for his large-scale photographs of 'manufactured landscapes'—sites of industrial waste and ruin. In an ethically ambivalent fashion, his work seeks to find beauty in quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, and dams, sites of huma...

  • Monk With a Camera

    Directed by Guido Santi & Tina Mascara • 2014 • France

    The tale of Nicholas Vreeland’s transformation from Manhattanite to devout Buddhist.