Documentaries

Documentaries

A collection of nonfiction works by female filmmakers such as Sophie Fiennes, Ursula Liang, and Lisa Immordino Vreeland.

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  • Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

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    Pamela B. Green • United States • 2018 • A fascinating profile of a lost pioneer of early cinema.

    Alice Guy-Blaché entered the film business in 1894, at the age of 21. By 23 she was installed as head of production at French company Gaumont and directed several films before moving...

  • Down a Dark Stairwell

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    Ursula Liang • USA • 2020 • Two communities caught in the divisive politics of police violence.

    In November 2014, Chinese-American police officer Peter Liang was dispatched to a Brooklyn community housing building. Performing a vertical patrol in a darkened stairwell, he acciden...

  • Love, Cecil

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    Lisa Immordino Vreeland • United States • 2017 • Cecil Beaton, a dazzling chronicler of his time.

    Cecil Beaton was an incandescent talent. Born to a well-to-do British family, Beaton charmed his way into the upper echelons of the elite, learning to photograph on his nanny’s camera...

  • Putin's Kiss

    Lise Birk Pedersen • Denmark, U.S. • 2011

    Before Nashi, teenage Masha had a pretty average middle-class life in Russia. At 16 she joined the democratic, anti-fascist and anti-oligarch-capitalist political youth movement, working her way up to leadership roles and eventually becoming the host o...

  • Songs from the North

    Soon-Mi Yoo • U.S., South Korea, Portugal • 2014 • A unique lens on North Korea.

    A South Korean filmmaker travels to the North on three separate occasions. Chaperoned by an official guide, she is unable to film freely. Nonetheless she encounters humanity at every turn—old men milling about pool ...

  • The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

    Sophie Fiennes • UK & Ireland • 2012 • A journey through cinema and philosophy, Zizek-style.

    Some have called Slavoj Žižek the Elvis of cultural theory. A Lacanian and a Marxist, the Slovenian philosopher possesses an infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture, casting his wry,...