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Thought-Provoking Documentaries

Thought-Provoking Documentaries

Thought-Provoking Documentaries
  • Close to Vermeer


    Directed by Suzanne Raes • Documentary • 2023 • Netherlands • Dutch with English subtitles
    Featuring Pieter Roelofs, Anna Krekeler, Jonathan Janson

    Go behind the scenes of the largest Vermeer exhibition ever, mounted in early 2023 at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Capturing the imagination of the...

  • Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story


    Directed by Alexandra Dean • Documentary • 2017 • US • English
    Featuring Mel Brooks, Peter Bogdanovich, Diane Kruger

    What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are ...

  • Studio 54


    Directed by Matt Tyrnauer • Documentary • 2018 • US • English
    Featuring Ian Schrager Steve Rubell, Norma Kamali

    A haven of hedonism, glitz, and glamour, the infamous New York nightclub Studio 54 was the ultimate escapist fantasy until it imploded in financial scandal. With unprecedented access a...

  • Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint


    Directed by Halina Dyrschka • Documentary • 2019 • Germany • English, German, Swedish with English subtitles
    Featuring Johan af Klint, Julia Voss, Ulla af Klint

    The subject of a 2018 awe-inspiring retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term even ...

  • Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power


    Directed by Nina Menkes • Documentary • 2022 • US • English
    Featuring Julie Dash, Penelope Spheeris, Rosanna Arquette

    This eye-opening documentary from the Sundance Film Festival explores the sexual politics of cinematic shot design and its connections to the twin epidemics of sexual abuse/assau...

  • The Sorrow and the Pity


    Directed by Marcel Ophuls • Documentary • 1972 • France, Switzerland, Germany • French with English subtitles
    Featuring Pierre Mendes France, Sir Anthony Eden, Christian de la Maziere

    Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary, "The Sorrow and The Pity" has been acclaimed as one of the ...

  • The Decent One


    Directed by Vanessa Lapa • Documentary • 2014 • Austria • German with English subtitles
    Featuring Tobias Moretti, Sophie Rois

    On May 6th 1945, soldiers of the US Army occupied the Heinrich Himmler family home in Gmund Germany where they discovered hundreds of private letters, documents, diaries ...

  • Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy


    Directed by Nancy Buirski • Documentary • 2023 • US • English
    Featuring Bob Balaban, Brian De Palma, Jon Voight

    This is not a documentary about the making of "Midnight Cowboy". It is about a humane and groundbreaking masterpiece and the flawed but gifted people who made it. It is about a trouble...

  • Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami


    Directed by Sophie Fiennes • Documentary • 2018 • UK, Ireland • English
    Featuring Grace Jones, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare

    Sophie Fiennes’s electrifying documentary is a journey through the public and private worlds of mega-icon Grace Jones that contrasts musical sequences with intimate perso...

  • The Price of Everything


    Directed by Nathaniel Kahn • Documentary • 2018 • US • English
    Featuring Jeff Koons, Jerry Saltz, Jeffrey Deitch

    "The Price of Everything" examines the role of art and passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society. Featuring collectors, dealers, and a rich range of artists from Jeff Ko...

  • Four Daughters


    Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania • Arthouse • 2023 • France, Tunisia, Germany, Saudi Arabia • Arabic, French with English subtitles
    Featuring Hend Sabri, Olfa Hamrouni, Eya Chikhaoui

    Winner of the Best Documentary prize at Cannes and the Gotham Awards, this riveting documentary by Oscar-nominated ...

  • Obit.


    Directed by Vanessa Gould • Documentary • 2017 • US • English
    Featuring Bruce Weber, Margalit Fox, William McDonald

    The first documentary to explore the world of obituary writers, "Obit." focuses on the legendary team at 'The New York Times', who approach their work with journalistic rigor and ...

  • Fire at Sea


    Directed by Gianfranco Rosi • Documentary • 2016 • Italy • Italian with English subtitles
    Featuring Samuele Pucillo, Mattias Cucina, Pietro Bartolo

    An Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature and winner of the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, "Fire at Sea" takes pla...

  • Of Fathers and Sons


    Directed by Talal Derki • Documentary • 2018 • Syria, Germany, Lebanon • Arabic with English subtitles
    Featuring Tia Alkerdi, Yara Ibrahim, Abu Osama

    Academy Award Nominee and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, "Of Fathers and Sons" follows filmmaker Talal Derki as he travels to his hom...

  • Oliver Sacks: His Own Life


    Directed by Ric Burns • Documentary • 2020 • US • English
    Featuring Oliver Sacks, Temple Grandin, Atul Gawande

    A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis, esteemed neurologist Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of interviews in his apartment in New York City. For eighty hours, surrounded by famil...

  • A Bigger Splash


    Directed by Jack Hazan • Documentary •1974 • UK • English
    Featuring David Hockney

    In this intimate and innovative film about artist David Hockney, director Jack Hazan creates an improvisatory narrative-nonfiction hybrid. The result is at once a time capsule of hedonistic gay life in the 1970s an...

  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century


    Directed by Justin Pemberton • Documentary • 2020 • New Zealand • English, French with English subtitles
    Featuring Thomas Piketty, Francis Fukuyama, Joseph Stiglitz

    Based on the international bestseller by rock-star economist Thomas Piketty, this captivating documentary is an eye-opening journey...

  • Heartworn Highways


    Directed by James Szalapski • Documentary • 1976 • US • English
    Featuring Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, David Alan Coe

    In the mid-‘70s, filmmaker James Szalapski documented the then-nascent country music movement that would become known as “outlaw country.” Inspired, in part, by newly-long-haired...

  • King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis


    Directed by Sidney Lumet, Joseph L. Mankiewicz • Documentary • 1970 • US • English
    Featuring Martin Luther King Jr., Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee

    Nominated for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards, this monumental film follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his rise from regional activist to worl...

  • Steak (R)evolution


    Directed by Franck Ribiere • Documentary • 2015 • France • French with English subtitles
    Featuring Jacques Abbatucci, Marcos Bassi, Joe Beef

    A global pursuit (with layovers in Japan, Argentina, Brazil, France, Spain, the U.S. and other countries) for the best steak in the world, "Steak (R)evolut...

  • The Queen


    Directed by Frank Simon • Documentary • 1968 • US • English
    Featuring Jack Doroshow, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick

    More than 40 years before “RuPaul's Drag Race", this ground-breaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant introduced audiences to the world of competitive d...

  • Finding Fela


    Directed by Alex Gibney • Documentary • 2014 • US • English
    Featuring Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney, Questlove

    ​​Directed by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, “Finding Fela” tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's life and how he created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, which he used to expres...

  • Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt


    Directed by Ada Ushpiz • Documentary • 2015 • Israel, Canada • English, Hebrew, German with English subtitles
    Featuring Alison Darcy, Angela Winkler

    This spirited and thought-provoking documentary about German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt dives into rare, archival footage to offer a portrait...

  • On Broadway


    Directed by Oren Jacoby • Documentary • 2020 • US • English
    Featuring Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman

    As theatergoers prepare for the return of Broadway after COVID, an all-star cast, including Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, James Corden, Viola Davis, and Ian McKellen, tell the story of th...