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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

Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

The most terrifying aspect of Andrew Jarecki’s Capturing the Friedmans lies within its end credits. When the series of interviews and archival footage was laid down and presented –with hopes to draw a clearer vision to a family’s biggest cause of dysfunction – the...

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Sunday Beauty Queen (2016)

Sunday Beauty Queen (2016)

For many Filipinos, working abroad is more of a necessity than something they want in the first place. To be physically distant from loved ones – to spend months and even years alongside a community with different sets of values, culture, and principles – is...

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The Look of Silence (2014)

The Look of Silence (2014)

Joshua Oppenheimer’s Act of Killing (2012) paints a haunting recreation of the Indonesian mass killings during the late 1960s, allowing the perpetrators of the actual murders to speak about their previous doings in their preferred fashion. The documentary was a...

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991)

Apocalypse Now (1979), Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War movie about a man’s descent into madness to finish a mission, is very reflective of how it was made. Since it began its production in 1976, Coppola’s project was doomed to fail – like a ticking time bomb that...

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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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