Social Documentaries

Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory
Social worker Dan Cohen, through his non-profit organisation Music and Memory, advocates for the use of music therapy with dementia patients.

All Things Must Pass
Colin Hanks examines the history of Tower Records, from its rise and fall to the legacy forged by its rebellious founder Russ Solomon.

Audrie & Daisy
In two towns on different sides of America, two teenage girls pass out while intoxicated at high school parties and, while unconscious, both are sexually assaulted by boys they call friends. In the aftermath, the girls each endure online harassment, both attempt suicide, and tragically, one dies.

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.

Best of Enemies
In 1968, ideological opposites William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal hold a series of riveting, nationally televised debates that usher in a new era of public discourse and pundit TV.

Catfish
Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.

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

Closure
A trans-racial adoptee finds her birth mother, and meets the rest of a family who did not know she existed, including her birth father. A story about identity, the complexities of trans-racial adoption, and most importantly, closure.

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.

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson
Filmmakers re-examine the 1992 death of transgender legend Marsha P. Johnson, who was found floating in the Hudson River. Originally ruled a suicide, many in the community believe she was murdered.

Disclosure
Disclosure is an eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives hare their reactions and resistance to some of Hollywood’s most beloved moments.

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.

First and Last
This docuseries takes a look at inmates on the first and last days of their incarcerations to get a sense of the emotions on both ends of the spectrum.

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.

God Loves Uganda
Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams explores the role of American religious extremists in Uganda, as a bill to make homosexuality punishable by death in that country gains a strong foothold.

The Great Hack
The dark world of data exploitation is uncovered through the unpredictable personal journeys of players on different sides of the explosive Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data story.

Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
Celebrities recall their most mind-bending trips via animations, reenactments and more in this comedic documentary exploring the story of psychedelics.

Hoop Dreams
Everyday, William and Arthur travel 90 minutes each way from Chicago to St. Joseph High School, a white suburban school known for its basketball programme. They dream of NBA stardom, and with the support of their close-knit families, they battle the social and physical obstacles that stand in their way.

The Hunting Ground
An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.

Iris
Iris Apfel is a quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. Her enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.

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.

Kim Swims
New Zealand native Kimberley Chambers faces her greatest challenge when she attempts a record-breaking 48 kilometre swim off the coast of San Francisco.

The Kindness Diaries
Leon Logothetis travels the world with only a vintage motorbike and the kindness of strangers, which he pays back in unexpected, inspiring ways.

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.

Life, Animated
"The Little Mermaid," "The Lion King" and other animated Disney movies help a young autistic man to develop reading, writing and communication skills.

Living on One Dollar
How do 1.1 billion people around the world live on less than one dollar a day? Four young friends set out to research and live this reality. Armed with only a video camera and a desire to understand, they spend just 56 dollars each for 56 days in rural Pena Blanca, Guatemala.

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.

Looking for Light: Jane Bown
A revealing portrait of this most self-effacing but great portrait photographer emerges through conversation, anecdote and candid reflection. In the almost six decades that Jane Bown worked for the Observer newspaper, she became renowned for insightful, highly individualistic portraits of the famous.

Marked
'Marked' explores the reasons behind scarification in Nigeria as well as how the practice intertwines with beauty, identity and spirituality.

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
Examining the many levels of minimalism by looking inside the lives of minimalists from various walks of life.

Miss Representation
Exploring how the mainstream media's often disparaging portrayals of women contribute to the under-representation of females in positions of leadership.

The Mole Agent
In modern-day Chile, the affable 83-year-old Sergio Chamy is hired by a private detective firm to go undercover at a local home for the elderly in order to investigate claims of staff mistreatment. Immediately popular with other residents, his burgeoning friendships both help and hinder his mission.

My Beautiful Broken Brain
Lotje Sodderland's journey into the complexity and vulnerability of her brain following a stroke. After she regained consciousness she experienced a new existence of distorted reality where words had no meaning and her senses had completely changed.

Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously
Neil Gaiman is one of the most beloved storytellers in the world today, a medium-jumping legend who opened a new era of comics with Sandman, scared a generation of young readers with Coraline and The Graveyard Book, and has thrilled his fans with years of live readings and signings.

Notes on Blindness
In 1983, when writer John Hull goes blind just before the birth of his son, he starts making a diary on audio cassette to make sense of all the changes.

One of Us
The film follows the lives of three ex-members of Brooklyn's Hasidic community: Ari Hershkowitz, Luzer Twersky, and Etty Ausch. Each struggles with being ostracized from their former community and families, while revealing how they came to leave.

One Rogue Reporter
Rich Peppiatt turns the table on the unscrupulous newspaper bosses peddling sex, lies and scaremongering under the cloak of journalism.

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