Documentary films

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Female directors wait longer than men for their big break, report reveals
A huge equality gap in top jobs and pay has been highlighted between women TV documentary-makers and male colleagues

Vanessa Thorpe

17, Oct, 2021 @8:45 AM

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I Am Belmaya review – uplifting story of a Nepali woman following her film-making dream
In the face of many obstacles, a Dalit woman proves her determination to forge a career as a film-maker

Phuong Le

16, Oct, 2021 @5:14 PM

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The Velvet Underground review – avant-garde cool brought back to life
Todd Haynes uses Warhol-style split screen for this ideally pitched documentary about the influential 60s band

Simran Hans

16, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Corporate Accountability review – collaboration with Argentinian state terror exposed
Jonathan Perel’s low-key doc focuses on the companies, still in business, which collaborated with the killings and torture that followed 1976 coup

Cath Clarke

16, Oct, 2021 @9:46 AM

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Raphael Revealed review – 500th-anniversary survey of the Renaissance great
While we’re waiting for the delayed National Gallery extravaganza, this wide-ranging documentary relays the full breadth of Raphael’s achievements

Andrew Pulver

15, Oct, 2021 @7:45 PM

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‘The heaven of film-making’: how a Dalit orphan got to tell her own story
Gift of a camera inspired Belmaya Nepali to rise above poverty and abuse to make documentaries

Rojita Adhikari in Kathmandu

15, Oct, 2021 @2:48 PM

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Mothers of the Revolution review – emotional return to Greenham Common
With stirring testimony on offer from the organisers of the groundbreaking women’s peace camp, this doc doesn’t need its superfluous dramatic recreations

Leslie Felperin

13, Oct, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Barzakh review – atmospheric study of undocumented migrants in limbo
In the Spanish enclave of Melilla, young Moroccans share stories of survival while they await the next chapter of their lives

Phuong Le

11, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Convergence: Courage in a Crisis review – nine stories from the Covid frontlines
This pandemic film delivers emotional punch, but the documentary’s desire for a global message blunts its impact

Phil Hoad

10, Oct, 2021 @1:42 PM

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Selma Blair: ‘Things fell into place when I was diagnosed with MS’
Hollywood actor Selma Blair talks honestly and with refreshing humour about how her life has changed, her groundbreaking documentary – and the comfort of famous friends. By Sophie Heawood

Sophie Heawood

10, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Streaming: Fast & Furious and ​other great car movies
The juggernaut series powers on in the slipstream of full-throttle classics from Thunder Road and The Italian Job to Bullitt and Mad Max

Guy Lodge

09, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Madonna: Madame X review – tour doc prostrates itself before queen of pop
This film lays out the impressive staging of a dramatic tour but is intent on capturing its subject from only the best angles

Alexis Petridis

08, Oct, 2021 @11:01 PM

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