Topic is the boundary-pushing streaming service from First Look Entertainment for thrillers, mysteries, dramas and documentaries from around the world, serving viewers who crave entertainment beyond the mainstream. Whether it’s a Nordic-noir crime thriller (The Killing), an Italian supernatural political drama (The Miracle), or a mind-blowing paranormal mystery from Russia (Dead Mountain), Topic expands your view of the world.
In Tripoli, Lebanon, where family bonds run deep, a 40-year-old man is content still living with his mother. But when she suddenly leaves him, he struggles with his newfound independence and turns to the company of the city and its motley characters.
Set against a rural backdrop in one of Florida’s poorest towns, “Pahokee” paints an unlikely portrait of hope and aspiration through four seniors who happily defy the odds created by their environment to find a place in the world after high school.
Based on the award-winning novel of the same name, Poppie Nongena tells the true story of a mother’s desperate fight to protect her family during the bitter years of Apartheid in South Africa, when Black women were ripped away from their homes.
Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Film, the story follows the murder of a white woman and the Black teen that everyone—from officers to journalists—was ready to condemn. When his defense lawyer joins the case, everything changes.
Bong Joon Ho, Leos Carax, and Michel Gondry present three short films that take us into an unseen Tokyo—where creatures lurk in sewers, shut-ins venture outside, and the streets can inspire metamorphosis.
In 1973, Suzi Quatro became the first woman to front a rock band and have international hits. Since then, she’s paved the way for bands like Blondie and The Runaways. This is her incredible story. Featuring Joan Jett, Alice Cooper, and Henry Winkler.
Nominated for an Oscar® in the Live Action Short Film category, The Letter Room follows an empathetic corrections officer (Oscar Isaac) who finds escape in the deeply personal letters written to an inmate on death row. Co-starring Alia Shawkat.
The Hyde Amendment denies low-income individuals abortion access. Following an abortion helpline in Philadelphia where every phone counselor goes by Lisa, the film gives voice to women and teens affected by the explicitly discriminatory legislation.
They met on the powwow circuit and went on to redefine it. Adrian and Sean are the first same-sex duo to compete in the San Manuel Sweetheart Dance. The Native American tradition was once for hetero couples only — until these trailblazers came along.
From ex-gang members to military veterans, the call centers of Tijuana are filled with English-speaking deportees who have been forced to trade the American Dream for a new life wedged between home and displacement.
In this quiet and moving short, an abuelita living alone in Mexico has the reunion of a lifetime. Thanks to a government program, she’s able to visit her undocumented family in the US, meet her granddaughter, and finally be an abuelita again.
In the 1970s, Martha Cooper ran through New York City with masked graffiti crews for her debut book, “Subway Art.” Now, 30 years later, the tiny, gray-haired photographer has become an unexpected icon of the street art movement.
In this darkly comic unlikely whodunit, Elsa dutifully takes care of her comatose son, who has been shot under mysterious circumstances. In a small town where rumors run rampant, the investigation dawdles and a mother is tested.
Following a group of families and their showbiz kids inside the notorious Oakwood child actor housing residence, The Hollywood Complex is a refreshingly honest take on the dreams—and delusions—of aspiring child stars.
An aging poet summons his two estranged sons to an isolated hotel, where they entangle with two strikingly beautiful women. Shot in gauzy black and white, Hong Sang-soo’s poetic film offers a powerful meditation on love, family, and death.
In this cinematic riddle of a film, Areum sits in a small café, typing on her laptop. Around her, customers enact various dramas from their lives. Is she writing what she hears or is she hearing what’s been written?
A mesmerizing odyssey into the real, imagined, and nightmarish memories of an elderly Cape Verdean immigrant living in Lisbon, set in both the numbing present day and the mid ‘70s, during Portugal's Carnation Revolution.
Based on their real-life affair, Hong Sangsoo’s drama stars Kim Minhee as an actress reeling from an affair with a married film director. Consumed by thoughts of him, Younghee escapes to Hamburg and returns to Korea ready to face the crowd.
Widely hailed as one of the best films of 2009, Claire Denis' sublime drama is the moving story of a father and daughter whose close-knit, tender relationship is disrupted by a handsome young suitor. Featuring an evocative score by Tindersticks.
Meet the regulars of a closing Las Vegas dive bar as they spend one more bittersweet and debaucherous night telling stories, downing well whisky, and drunk singing. Tomorrow this family of misfits will have lost a home, but for now they drink.
In Eagle Pass, TX, where the US and Mexico meet along the Rio Grande, a cattleman and the mayor face the dawn of a new reality plagued by cartel violence and border closures. Amongst these struggles, a rich tapestry of life emerges along the border.
Benjamin Netanyahu knew how to manipulate the media long before Trump. The film explores Netanyahu’s rise to power, from popular TV guest to controversial world leader, reflected through four decades of public appearances that changed Israel forever.
A struggling father and his two children are barely surviving on the streets of Taipei until they meet a lonely grocery clerk. From acclaimed director Tsai Ming-liang, the visually powerful film is bracingly pure in both its anger and its compassion.
On the surface, Chris and Gitti appear blissfully in love while vacationing in Sardinia. But as the days wear on, their hidden fears and desires begin to reveal themselves. When they run into another couple, the tensions between them erupt.
Sinan returns home from university hoping to publish his first novel, but his dreams become threatened by his own family. Inspired performances combine with sumptuous imagery in this evocative tale of creative struggle and familial responsibility.
What’s it like growing up in a cult alongside your family? Through extraordinary personal footage, filmmaker Cara Jones takes us inside Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church as she grapples with leaving her parents behind with the cult.
Starring Viggo Mortensen, the beautiful, surreal Western follows a captain and his 15-year-old daughter who arrive at a remote military outpost in Patagonia. When she runs away with a soldier, he must venture into enemy territory to find her.
Once prosperous, the village of Congo Mirador is now rotting away. At the center are two women on opposing sides of Venezuelan politics. As national elections approach, can the village survive corruption, pollution, and economic decay?
Dan Aykroyd stars as Crawford Gordon, the president of Avro Canada who attempted to produce the Avro Arrow supersonic jet interceptor aircraft. This mini-series is noted as having the highest viewership ever for a CBC program.
In Patricio Guzmán’s otherworldly odyssey to Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth, earthly and celestial quests meld as women search for the remains of their loved ones in the sand while astronomers observe the translucent sky above.
Looking back on the life and work of Portuguese filmmaker Joaquim Pinto as he undergoes an experimental HIV treatment, the film is a beautiful portrait of a man looking beyond his own mortality at the world around him.
The untold story of feminist surrealist artist Penny Slinger and the traumatic events that led to her masterpiece, “An Exorcism.” Inspired by 1960s counterculture, Slinger embraced personal freedom and sexual liberation in her groundbreaking art.
Eschewing the tropes of the typical artist biopic, Michael Gregory’s documentary is an unprecedented look at the pioneering Uruguayan sculptor’s work and a fascinating portrait of a renaissance man who lived and worked on his own terms.
Drawing on over 30 years of never-before-seen imagery, the documentary weaves together the history of the Northern Irish Troubles, the story of a son's search for his father, and the tension between personal and political responsibility.
Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, Everyday Sunshine charts the turbulent history of the incomparable all-Black ska-punk band Fishbone. The LA band challenged racial stereotypes and industry politics to become one of the most original bands in history.
The exhilarating documentary from Niall McCann explores the rise of the Glaswegian music scene. Featuring a stunning mix of live performances and interviews, the film reunites key personnel in an exploration of friendship and making music.
A lone Vietnamese fisherman trying to survive in an apocalyptic future encounters an android he hoped would have remained in his dark past. Sci-fi and nature collide in this dystopian story set against the lush and expansive South China Sea.
A story about life, death, and kimchi. Ken, a Japanese man meeting his Korean girlfriend’s family for the first time, makes an unlikely connection with her grandfather when he asks to take his photo and gets him to smile by saying, “Kimchiiiiii.”
A young boy caught in an abusive household uses his street smarts to take matters into his own hands. When his plan to enlist a local tough guy goes awry, he ends up in even more trouble. But will it bring him closer to his mother?
Dementia affects millions of Americans, but there’s been a miraculous breakthrough. Through conversations with neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, this emotionally powerful documentary demonstrates how music can awaken every soul.
Late one night, an array of men- a police commissioner, a prosecutor, a doctor, a murder suspect and others- pack themselves into three cars and drive through the endless Anatolian country side, searching for a body.
Friends, parties, new romance. Some people dive headfirst into their 20s. For Noemí Goldberg, who has unreliable friends, overbearing relatives, and an unwanted pregnancy, her 20s feel more like choppy waters she must wade through.
She had a plum role on “The Wire,” but she gave it up to start a family. In this intimate portrait, actress Brandy Burre tries to juggle her ambitions with domestic life and determine what her most important role is: mother, wife, or actress?
Coming of age in Brooklyn is an exhilaratingly unique experience. Shot over three years, the film follows sisters Ginger and Dusty, and their friends, as they navigate high school, the city, and the mysterious course from childhood to adulthood.
Part mystery, part coming-of-age tale, the film explores memory and urbanization through two parallel stories, one about a young engineer and the other a boy. As the stories unfold, the connections between them proliferate and grow stranger.
They don’t have much in common, but that’s their strength. A rock and roll drummer with bipolar disorder and a teen with Asperger’s strike up the unlikeliest of friendships in this tender dramedy that portrays mental illness with heart.
Filmed entirely from inside a cable car, this unique documentary experience follows a range of passengers going to the ancient Hindu Manakamana Temple, 4,271 feet above Nepal. Join their peaceful yet exhilarating journey.
Like a Nietzschean parable, this stark and beautifully haunting film illustrates the heaviness of human existence through the imagined fate of the infamous horse and its owner that sparked Friedrich Nietzsche’s mental breakdown.
“There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem.” In his dazzling directorial debut, Theo Anthony uses the rat as a passageway into the dark, complicated history of Baltimore.
A groundbreaking, mesmerizing look at the harrowing lives of commercial fishermen, the film is shot by filmmakers and crewmembers alike to capture every angle—from dizzying underwater shots to sweeping aerial views—and immerse viewers in the action.
Through the work of cult photographer Metinides and today's tabloid photographers, we discover a different Mexico City and confront our horror and fascination with morbidity, rubbernecking through the Metinides Gaze.
After graduating from college, young idealist Will Allen joined a spiritual community filled with like minded people looking for some answers to the basic questions of life, led by a charismatic but secretive guru.
While she awaits her death sentence, notorious female serial killer Aileen Wuornos explores her tortured childhood and her subsequent years on the road as a hitch-hiking sex worker which culminated in the murders that inspired the film MONSTER.
Corrupt governments hate them. The future of journalism needs them. Bellingcat’s independent collective of citizen journalists uses groundbreaking investigation tactics to uncover earthshaking truths about everything from war zones to drug cartels.
Gertrude (Catherine Keener) is a divorced mother of several children who agrees to take care of two girls. But, she violently imprisons one (Elliot Page) in the basement, turning her into the outlet for all of her anger. Based on a true story.
Winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, The Law in These Parts is a revelatory investigation into the judicial and moral complexities of Israel’s military legal system for governing Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
A small and stubborn Bulgarian village has been resisting foreign invaders for centuries. Now, its electorate is deciding on the future of Europe, inspiring postman Ivan to run for mayor in order to bring his village to life by welcoming refugees.
In 2012, South African platinum miners went on strike for better wages, and were massacred for it. The film shows the POV of three miners, who tried to fight for their rights in an increasingly false democracy and ended up fighting for their lives.
2018 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature and winner of the Grand Jury documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival - follows the efforts of the White Helmets, ordinary citizens who rush into Syrian battlefields hoping to save lives.