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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.
The alt-right love him. Many loathe him. But all can agree that Steve Bannon is a distinct force. Legendary documentarian Errol Morris puts the former Trump advisor in the hot seat to try and demystify the controversial populist. Can it be done?
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.
In this stylish thriller, Yella narrowly escapes her violent ex-husband and starts over in a new town. She finds a job with a handsome executive, and soon a romance blooms. But her perfect new life is threatened when buried truths resurface.
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.
A chronicle of the life and death of one of the 20th century's most inspiring, and controversial, leaders, whose overthrow by an American-backed military destroyed not only his dream of Chilean socialism, but all those he inspired.
An unexpected response to Pinochet's 1973 coup d'etat in Chile, as seen in footage apparently found in an embassy, where political activists had taken refuge during the coup. But the events—and their setting—are not what they first appear to be.
Winner of the 1991 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary, American Dream captures working men and women of Austen, Minnesota making tough choices about survival during a time of economic crisis in the American Midwest.
Through interviews with the passengers, tells the story of those Americans who were stranded in various airports throughout Canada on September 11, 2001 - and the kindness of the Canadian citizens who went out of their way to help them.
The story of Donald Trump's election told entirely through Russian propaganda. Horrifying and hilarious, this is a satirical portrait of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, revealing a fake news empire and its information warfare tactics.
In this gritty Western, a lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother. Starring Guy Pearce, Emily Watson, Ray Winstone and John Hurt. Written by acclaimed songwriter Nick Cave.
A group of street-smart students, who are outcasts at an elite Ivy League university, band together and adventure to Cuba to see if revolution is truly possible. They film their journey through the streets of Havana and Santiago.
Academy Award nominated filmmaker explores life in 1960s Mississippi and the momentous impact of "Booker" Wright, a black man who voiced opinions on race relations on network TV, and the subsequent ensuing fallout.
In this gritty psychological thriller, three teenage boys have a rude awakening when they end up in a juvenile detention center. Facing attacks by hardened criminals and ruthless guards, they are forced to do whatever it takes to survive.
Set in French Colonial Algeria, the film follows Daru, a reclusive, pacifist teacher (Viggo Mortensen) tasked with delivering Mohammad, a docile Algerian murder suspect into the hands of French authorities as the Algerian War of Independence ignites.
A mild-mannered government worker charged with finding the family members of those who have died alone is assigned to his final case. He finds himself on a liberating journey that allows him to finally start living his life to the fullest.
Featuring Tony Hawk, Bones Brigade is a very personal story of a group of young, dorky, straight laced American kids who did the impossible through a combination of work, skill, passion, and the belief that anything is possible
An underdog story of how one of the most gifted teams in sporting history triumphed against all odds. A celebration of the power of sports as a vehicle for social change set to a reggae beat featuring Bob Marley and others.
Four women set out to row across the Pacific Ocean, from America to Australia. As they row over 8,000 miles during their nine months at sea, they must overcome extreme mental and physical challenges to make history.
Enter the unexplored realm of professional esports as told through the eyes of two of the world's best StarCraft II players, "MMA" and "MC." Go behind the scenes and experience the high pressure, high stakes lifestyle of professional esports.
The story of an unwitting hero. Marshawn Lynch is known for refusing to talk to reporters. This doc uses more than 700 clips to create a haunting montage of his resistance against the American sports-media complex and its racial oppression.
In Kumare, filmmaker Vikram Gandhi impersonates a wise guru from India and gains real followers, asking the question, “Can a fake guru teach real enlightenment?” Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at SXSW 2011
Once upon a time, villagers in a tiny hill town in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turned their lives into a play. But with an aging population, the town’s 50th–anniversary performance just might be its last.
Tim Heidecker stars as an aging Brooklyn hipster who, as he’s set to inherit money from his dying father, begins testing the limits of acceptable behavior with his like-minded friends in this provocative character study.
In small-town Texas, a much-loved mortician goes to extreme ends to extract himself from the controlling relationship with a wealthy widow. Starring Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine. From director Richard Linklater. Based on a true story.
In this modern adaptation of a Henry James novel, a young girl in New York City is caught in the middle of her neglectful parents’ nasty custody battle. With Academy Award® winner Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Steve Coogan and Onata Aprile.
In this award-winning film, a boy growing up in Astoria, New York in the 1980s watches as his friends die, go to prison, or ruin their lives with drug use. The all-star cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson and Shia LaBeouf.
Twenty filmmakers write the ultimate love letter to Paris with this anthology of vignettes, following diverse characters across the city. Featuring Natalie Portman, Elijah Wood, and Steve Buscemi, and films by the Coen Brothers and Alfonso Cuaron.
Meet the badass women of competitive sheep shearing—a world that isn’t split by gender, just by skill. For five New Zealand women, the Golden Shears championship is their Holy Grail. This doc tells their stories of passion, purpose and “shear” will.
The story behind Nas's groundbreaking debut album 'Illmatic,' and a look at the early life of one of the most talented rappers of all time. Featuring Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, Q-Tip, and Busta Rhymes.
Forced to join a rebel army during a bloody civil war, a young African girl is kept captive by a brutal warlord. However, she finds hope for survival when her captors believe she's endowed with supernatural powers.
Emma Roberts and James Franco star in this unflinching portrait of adolescent lust, boredom, and self-destruction that centers around a shy young girl on the cusp of an illicit relationship with her soccer coach. From director Gia Coppola.
Imagine your parents being your dating coach. In this real-life “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” Indian-American Ravi searches for a wife with the help of his parents, aunts, uncles, and even strangers. Get to know traditional Indian dating.
In Pakistan, the punishment for being gay is up to ten years in prison or death. When gay YouTuber Mawaan Rizwan returns to his country of birth, he finds a growing gay community, where some fight for equal rights in defiance of threats of violence.
Mawaan was brought up in a religious family but no longer practices. He visits religious movements in North and South America which use powerful psychoactive drugs they claim gives them access to the almighty. Will drugs bring him closer to God?
Louis Theroux heads to California, the US adoption capital, where most newborn adoptions are carried out privately, creating a multimillion dollar industry. He spends time with birth mothers and adoptive families, hearing their heartbreaking stories.
In the US, there are six states that offer the terminally ill the option of ending their lives. Louis goes to California but discovers that when you have complete autonomy over your own death, choosing the right time is not a simple decision.
What are you good at? Choosing a doughnut? Spying on other people’s text messages? Touching your toes? Even though you might not have the kind of achievements you believe are worth bragging about, these bright spots are still worth celebrating.
Two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett stars in vignettes in which she portrays 13 different characters — among them a homeless man, a 5th grade teacher, a Russian choreographer and a scientist — in a series of tour-de-force transformations.