Cultural Documentaries

Abstract: The Art of Design
Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.

Art and Craft
For several decades, gifted and incredibly prolific forger Mark Landis compulsively created impeccable copies of works by a variety of major artists, donating them to institutions across the country and landing pieces on many of their walls.

The Art of Organized Noize
As pioneers of the Dirty South music movement, Organized Noize is responsible for Outkast, CeeLo, the Goodie Mob and the Dungeon Family. Their production shaped the landscape of hip-hop with their own distinctive sound, created in the confines of a dungeon.

The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography
A profile of celebrated portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman, whose friends and subjects include Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan.

Back in Time
Cast, crew, and fans explore the “Back to the Future” time-travel trilogy's resonance throughout our culture 30 years after Marty McFly went back in time.

Beautiful Losers
Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard document the lives and careers of young artists and designers who - though unfamiliar with the workings of the traditional art world - have had an impact on it.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash.

Bill Cunningham New York
Bill Cunningham has been a contributor to the renowned newspaper for many decades. He's also an incurable and eccentric chronicler of fashion, tirelessly snapping photos of and writing about interestingly attired celebrities and ordinary New Yorkers he spots on the street.

Britain's Most Historic Towns
In this unique take on British history, Professor Alice Roberts explores Britain's rich and varied past through the stories of individual towns.

Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women
The rise and smash success of Elite modeling agency founder John Casablancas is chronicled in this biography of the man who invented the supermodel.

Cat Heaven Island
On a far off, rural island in Japan, hundreds of cats roam a secluded fishing village, home of an aging, beautiful, and fading culture.

Cat Nation
A film about cats. And Japan. And a bewildered British guy. But mostly cats.

Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist
Writers, directors and actors come together in a conversation about the extraordinary artistic process of Chadwick Boseman.

City of God: 10 Years Later
A decade after the seminal Brazilian film `City of God', this documentary reunites some of the cast and crew to find out what paths their lives took.

Cuba and the Cameraman
Life in Cuba over the course of 45 years, from the cautious optimism of the early 1970s to the harrowing 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union and the 2016 death of Fidel Castro. The focus is on three families and their growth and struggle.

Cutie and the Boxer
This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.

Dark Net
This documentary series explores that often-disturbing darker side of the Internet. The dark web was originally intended to be a hidden area where members of the intelligence community could privately meet, but it is increasingly being exploited by online predators and criminals.

Dark Tourist
From a nuclear lake to a haunted forest, New Zealand filmmaker and journalist David Farrier visits unusual - and often macabre - tourism spots around the world.

The Eagle Huntress
Aishol-pan, a 13-year-old girl, trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries.

Elstree 1976
In 1976 director George Lucas began work on an unknown film called `Star Wars' at Elstree Studios. This documentary focuses on ten extras who discuss their role in the film and the effect it had on their lives and careers.

Face to Face
Series of interviews from the late 1950s and early 1960s, with leading personalities of the day.

Finding Vivian Maier
This intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.

A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman
Aardman Animations icons Wallace & Gromit, Morph and more join fans and collaborators for a retrospective celebrating the studio's 40th anniversary.

The Green Park
The Green Park Hotel opened its doors in 1943 and for over forty years was a key hub of Anglo Jewish life. It provided kosher food, British seaside glamour and a place to introduce sons and daughters.

Happy
Happy explores human happiness through interviews with people from all walks of life in 14 different countries, weaving in the newest findings of positive psychology.

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
Harold and Lillian eloped to Hollywood in 1947, where they became the film industry's secret weapons. Nobody talked about them, but everybody wanted them. Theirs is the greatest story never told-until now.

Harry Benson: Shoot First
Renowned photographer Harry Benson rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, Benson captured some of the most vibrant and intimate portraits ever taken of the most popular band in history.

Hello I Am David!
Featuring the Australian piano prodigy David Helfgott and his unique views on life, love and imagination.

Hip-Hop Evolution
Hip-hop music first developed in the United States in the 1970s and has steadily grown in popularity in the decades since then. This docuseries traces the genre's dynamic evolution from the beginning through the 1990s.

Holy Hell
An inside look at Buddhafield, a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.

HyperNormalisation
Our world is strange and often fake and corrupt. But we think it’s normal because we can’t see anything else. HyperNormalisation - the story of how we got here.

James May: Our Man In Japan
James May embarks on a remarkable journey across Japan, from its icy north to its balmy south. He’ll see the sights, meet the locals, and eat the noodles in a bid to truly understand the Land of the Rising Sun.

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
Using 100 hours of footage from the set of "Man on the Moon," filmmaker Chris Smith documents Jim Carrey's transformation into legendary performance artist and comedian Andy Kaufman.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
With only ten seats and located in a nook in a Tokyo subway station, Sukiyabashi Jiro doesn't look like much to the untrained eye. But, as David Gelb's documentary reveals, this restaurant is home to perhaps the world's greatest sushi chef.

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
Literary icon Joan Didion reflects on her remarkable career and personal struggles in this intimate documentary directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne.

Journal de France
Travelling alone, internationally acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon spent six years capturing France with a large format camera.

Kimono: From Kyoto to Catwalk
Exploring the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of kimono from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world.

A Life in Ten Pictures
A series of extraordinary lives each unlocked by a just a handful of images, from iconic shots to private snaps, their secrets revealed by those who know their stories best.

Little White Lie
Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz thinks her dark skin and hair are from a Sicilian ancestor. When she uncovers the lie that haunted her parents' marriage, she begins a journey to reconcile her past as she embraces her African-American heritage.

Liyana
Liyana is a 2017 Swazi documentary film directed and produced by Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp, following a group of Swazi orphans as they construct a narrative based on their own experiences.

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