The Sundance Film Festival is home to some of the greatest documentaries of all time. Titles like Brother’s Keeper and Hoop Dreams made their debut at Sundance. This year also has an impressive slate. Here are some of the documentaries we cannot wait to see.
Director Nina Menkes’s film is more than just a documentary about movies. The film looks at the politics of shot design and how it contributes to discriminatory hiring practices and gender inequality. Based on Menkes’s cinematic talk Sex and Power: The Language of Cinema, the documentary points the camera at the film industry.
Free Chol Soo Lee
The American justice system is filled with stories of people wrongfully imprisoned. Free Chol Soo Lee is the story of a 20-year-old Korean immigrant who was arrested and convicted for murder. It also looks at the legacy of Lee and the effects his story had.
jeeny-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy
Kanye West has been one of the most influential and polarizing figures of the 21st century. The documentary follows a 21-year old West as he first movies to New York in search of a record deal. From the directors that first introduced West to the world with “Through the Wire”.
La Guerra Civil
Boxing is a popular sport among Mexican and Mexican American communities. Director Eva Longoria Baston looks back on one of the biggest sporting moments of the 1990s. When the Mexican born Julia Cesar Chavez was challenged by Oscar de la Hoya, whose parents had emigrated from Mexico, the fight took on an air of cultural significance.
Meet Me in the Bathroom
Based on the book by Lizzy Goodman, the documentary chronicles the rebirth of the rock music scene in post 9/11 New York City. The documentary follows bands from the era including The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Sinead O’Connor has been in the news a lot lately for unfortunate reasons. Nothing Compares is a celebration of the singer’s willingness to take a stand and the backlash she had to face. The film may also provide understanding into her passion.
The late 1960s were some of the most tumultuous times in American history. This documentary captures the spirit of the era along with showing the governments response to it all. This includes footage of Riotsvilles, Army-built model towns where soldiers and police would train to respond to civil disorder.
The Sundance Film Festival is online January 20- January 30. Tickets can be purchased and a full lineup can be found here.
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