Documentary

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MLK/FBI review – state-sanctioned harassment of a hero
This clever documentary explores the security service’s tireless attempts to discredit Martin Luther King

Simran Hans

16, Jan, 2021 @3:00 PM

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‘The eye of the storm’: how 76 Days captured Wuhan’s Covid lockdown up close
The co-director of the haunting documentary, filmed inside the city’s hospitals during the first outbreak, explains why it is so important

Patrick Wintour

15, Jan, 2021 @8:00 AM

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MLK/FBI review – startling study of the war against Martin Luther King
This documentary throws the bureau’s appalling dirty-tricks campaign into sharp focus but is frustratingly reticent on other, more contentious issues

Peter Bradshaw

14, Jan, 2021 @9:00 AM

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'Ignorance is bliss mentality': inside Florida's 'Disneyland for seniors'
The Darren Aronofksy-produced documentary Some Kind of Heaven explores the Baby Boomer mecca that is the Villages and asks: what happens when fantasy becomes a nightmare?

Adrian Horton

14, Jan, 2021 @7:34 AM

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'The war on drugs funded policing': behind a Netflix documentary about crack
In a myth-busting new film, director Stanley Nelson looks back on the crack epidemic on the 1980s and how the government harmed the black community

Beatrice Loayza

12, Jan, 2021 @9:50 PM

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Robin's Wish review – how a comedy giant was destroyed by dementia
This informative insight into the little-known disease that killed Robin Williams is affecting but bleak

Wendy Ide

10, Jan, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Mayor review – an inspiring portrait of a Palestinian city official
This compelling fly-on-the-wall film follows the mayor of Ramallah as he deals with civic duty and Israeli oppression

Wendy Ide

10, Jan, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The Reason I Jump: behind a groundbreaking film on autism
Naoki Higashida’s eye-opening book has now become an evocative, careful simulation of non-verbal autistic perception

Adrian Horton

09, Jan, 2021 @7:24 AM

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Lorca, Hockney, Byatt, Berger – how Mike Dibb got the greats to open up
He’s revered for shooting Ways of Seeing with John Berger, but Mike Dibb has made films about all the giants of culture – as well as Wimbledon tennis balls. He looks back on a dazzling career

Laura Barton

08, Jan, 2021 @5:33 PM

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Rihanna, Nazi hunting and Tiger Woods: the top documentaries to watch in 2021
The new year finds several superstar docs as well as projects digging into both the recent and resonant past

Adrian Horton

06, Jan, 2021 @2:53 PM

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Mother review – a heartbreaking inquiry into the cost of dementia
Kristof Bilsen’s stunning doc assesses the disease’s toll on patients and carers trapped in the international care-market

Peter Bradshaw

05, Jan, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Lupita: the powerful voice of one indigenous woman leading a movement
Film-maker Monica Wise talks about making her documentary about Mexican resistance

Lindsay Poulton and Jess Gormley

05, Jan, 2021 @10:00 AM

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