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We write about the makers and the shakers, and about everything else that’s of interest in the world of documentary film making

The White Helmets (2016)

The White Helmets (2016)

There is a group in Syria that functions as the immediate responders when an attack happens within a community. They are essentially superheroes who leaps away to help a civilian in the most immediate time possible, going through enormous amounts of rubbles to reach...

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Period. End Of Sentence. (2018)

Period. End Of Sentence. (2018)

Rayka Zehtabchi’s Oscar-winning Period. End of Sentence. is an appeal for change. While hard to believe, the concept of menstruation in some parts of India is still considered taboo. In New Delhi, women of all ages have treated this big part of their femininity as...

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Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

It can be argued that Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera can be classified as a documentary. The makings of documentation are there, flashing various footages of the industrial landscape of Russia during the 1920s, capturing streets and avenues without being too...

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Senna (2010)

Senna (2010)

You can’t help but wonder what would happen if professional racing driver Ayrton Senna had survived his fatal crash in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. His short-lived career was already a huge feat to accomplish, from having won the World Championship three times to...

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Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution (2017)

Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution (2017)

Benjamin Nolot’s Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution is an unflinching observation of today’s hook-up culture, largely contributed by a generation who has continued to be less conservative about their lifestyle. At the start, the documentary claims that the popular...

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Hoop Dreams (1994)

Hoop Dreams (1994)

The beauty of documentaries is ingrained in its mission to document someone’s life in a certain period of time. More than a gaze, it’s a chance to know the world from a different perspective – a chance to know communities that are unreachable in the now. Steve James’...

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Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2019)

Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2019)

A lot of things have changed since Morgan Spurlock’s popular 30-day McDonald’s-limited eating challenge he featured in Super Size Me. For a nation that was once all about excess and consuming things, the trend now seems to be hinged on what’s healthy. Supposedly...

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Jazz in Love (2013)

Jazz in Love (2013)

Young Filipino Jazz is waiting for his German lover Theodor at an airport in Davao, Philippines. The two have promised that there will be no calls on the day of the flight, strengthening the assurance that they will meet eventually. Jazz took a long stroll to reach...

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

Nothing can encapsulate the earnestness of Fred Rogers, the iconic television host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood – not even Morgan Neville’s great documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor, despite being close. The documentary goes through the humble beginnings of Rogers...

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Free Solo (2018)

Free Solo (2018)

The beauty of Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s Free Solo lies within their determination to capture a man’s embarking on the extraordinary. Chin’s climber friend Alex Honnold is doing a very specific dare: he would climb over the 3,000ft tall El Capitan in...

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Jorodowsky’s Dune (2014)

Jorodowsky’s Dune (2014)

There will always be that one movie project that fueled with so much optimism. The director has pitched a one-of-a-kind idea that can be powerful enough to disrupt the world. They just cast the most unlikely of thespians to be part of the cast, and yet it seems to be...

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Life Itself (2014)

Life Itself (2014)

If you would extensively examine Roger Ebert’s works as a film critic, you will be surprised to discover how open he has always been about his personal life. His movie reviews are heavily influential to many film writers today because of his subscription to film...

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What’s the future without festivals going to be like?

What’s the future without festivals going to be like?

This year is like no other in many ways. Almost every part of our lives is a bit disrupted by the epidemic we’re all fighting and chances are that some of these changes will stay with us for a long period of time. For instance, this will be the first time that there...

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Film Festivals to attend virtually

Film Festivals to attend virtually

The epidemic of covid19 has changed the way film festivals are organized and how they will work. At this point, it seems like there won’t be any. It’s not safe to gather in public places in such large numbers and therefore a lot of festivals are being canceled or...

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