This closely observed doc takes a local interest in the Willets Point neighborhood of Queens, an industrial enclave where cars are scrapped, salvaged and repaired. Foreign Parts raises essential political questions about urban renewal while remaining attuned to the grain of human experience.
In an engrossing character study set on the stunning Portuguese coast that evokes the Maysles’ Grey Gardens, an elderly woman and her petulant daughter bemoan their vanished wealth. A highly relevant meditation on personal responsibility and the uncertainty of the human condition.
This powerful documentary for the 21st century combines animation, minute-by-minute Twitter feeds, blog accounts and cell phone video footage alongside conventional on-camera testimonies to recount the abortive 2009 antigovernment Iranian revolt called the Green Wave—a revolution in flux, yet evergreen with hope.
Centering on an officially sanctioned annual hunt on one of the last free-ranging American bison herds on earth, this observational film meditates on the iconography and activities associated with a special brand of American individualism as seen through the lens of a dying cowboy culture.
Focusing on Mark Lee Ping-bin, one of the most talented and prolific cinematographers in Asia, Let the Wind Carry Me details the itinerant lifestyle of a deeply observant and philosophical artist and the tolls that his profession takes on his family life.
A scrappy slum kid with a gift for running meets a driven judo instructor with dreams of Olympic fame. Their complicated relationship turns India upside down in a documentary that expertly guides us through a series of twists and turns that are exciting and unsettling at once.
Through interviews with Gloria Steinem, Margaret Cho and dozens more, this documentary explores women’s under-representation in positions of power, challenging their limited, often disparaging portrayal in the media. Can we convince a new generation that women’s primary value lies in their capacity as leaders rather than merely their youth, beauty and sexuality?
The renowned Chilean documentarian goes to one of the highest, driest places on earth, the Atacama Desert, to examine the work of astronomers who search the skies to understand our universe at the same time that relatives of those disappeared under the Pinochet dictatorship search the sands for the bodies of the victims.
The chaotic present and uncertain future of print journalism hit the front page in this fascinating chronicle of one year at the New York Times, filmed with unprecedented access to the media desk and key players. From corporate downsizing to WikiLeaks and Twitter, the landscape is changing; what still matters—and what’s at stake—is good journalism.
A grassroots campaign to halt the construction of a high-pressure gas pipeline through a town’s pristine land is the basis of this rousing and utterly timely portrait of an Irish community straining under a titanic battle against a Goliath of money power and a largely compliant state.