DOC NYC is the largest documentary festival in America. Following two years that were affected by the lockdown, the fest returns with another strong lineup that showcases a variety of themes from around the world. Once again, DOC NYC will be a hybrid event, giving audiences the opportunity to attend in person or watch the films online. Here are the ones we are looking forward to most.
Closed Circuit (North American Premiere)
Two men in suits sit at a popular café in the heart of Tel Aviv. Moments later, they open fire on the shocked diners around them. One customer fights back. Others run to safety. No one escapes unharmed, whether from actual bullets or the traumatic memories of that night. Closed Circuit chronicles the infamous 2016 attack at the Sarona Market, when an ordinary Wednesday turned into an uncontrollable hell.
Girl Gang (US Premiere)
Leonie is a rising teen influencer living on the outskirts of Berlin. As her fame grows, her parents see the economic opportunity of social media and become her managers. The pressure to create content and appease brands soon blurs the lines of their relationship, however, as it begins to dominate all of Leonie’s time. Filmmaker Susanne Regina Meures’ incredible access and sensitive camerawork reveal how easily social media can switch from connection to servitude.
Lost Angel: The Genius of Judee Sill (World Premiere)
Discovered by David Geffen in the early 1970s, Sill combined the electricity (and self-destructiveness) of Janis Joplin, soulful poetry of Leonard Cohen, and a complete lack of public recognition for her innovative, brilliant work before her premature death at the age of 35. An intimate documentary portrait of a one-of-a-kind singer-songwriter, it charts her life from a troubled adolescence of addiction, armed robbery and prison through her meteoric rise in the music world and early tragic end.
My Sister Liv (North American Premiere)
An honest look into the shocking reality of the current teen mental health crisis. The bond between the sisters Tess and Liv seems to be unbreakable until Liv, who battles with depression, body dysmorphia and suicidal thoughts, can’t take it anymore. Surviving sister Tess guides us through a heart-wrenching journey to understanding the circumstances that led to her sister’s death as she takes steps to help other young people in trouble
The Conspiracy (World Premiere)
It’s an insidious, centuries-old conspiracy theory that continues to rear its ugly head today: Jews have a secret international plot to control the world. How do such preposterous ideas get started, and why do they flourish? Filmmaker Maxim Pozdorovkin orchestrates bold, striking animation and exceptionally talented voice artists to walk us through almost 250 years of anti-Semitic ideology, focusing on how times of uncertainty give rise to anxieties in marginalized populations, and how three Jewish family dynasties came to bear the brunt of irrational scapegoating.
The End of the World
A generation of great American writers went to Bennington College in the ‘80s, including Brett Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho. The film explores the world of this private liberal arts college that inspired and nurtured the most notable creative figures of the late twentieth century while epitomizing ‘80s culture of sex, drugs, debauchery and scandal.
DOC NYC returns in person November 9 – 17 and online November 9 – 27
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