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Features

Japanese documentaries from the Yamagata festival now streaming for free online

Highlights from the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival have been made available online worldwide for a week only. Here’s a handful of landmark documentaries to look out for.

By Jasper Sharp

Japanese documentaries from the Yamagata festival now streaming for free online
Features

Apichatpong on Memoria, his odyssey into the soundscapes of Colombia

By Tony Rayns

Apichatpong on Memoria, his odyssey into the soundscapes of Colombia
Obituaries

Sidney Poitier, a giant who broke ground and changed perceptions

By Leila Latif

Sidney Poitier, a giant who broke ground and changed perceptions
Then and now

The 400 Blows: finding that beach and the Paris locations today

By Adam Scovell

The 400 Blows: finding that beach and the Paris locations today
Features

Rediscovery: Simone Barbès ou la Vertu

By Elena Lazic

Rediscovery: Simone Barbès ou la Vertu
From the Sight and Sound archive

Hitchcockery: Truffaut and Bogdanovich, under the Master’s influence

By Penelope Houston

Hitchcockery: Truffaut and Bogdanovich, under the Master’s influence
Obituaries

In memoriam: the filmmakers we lost in 2021

By Bob Mastrangelo

In memoriam: the filmmakers we lost in 2021
Features

David Bowie, film fan

By Stephen Dalton

David Bowie, film fan
Where to begin

Where to begin with François Truffaut

By Trevor Johnston

Where to begin with François Truffaut
Features

50 years of Ghost Stories for Christmas, the BBC’s classic strand of festive terror

By George Bass

50 years of Ghost Stories for Christmas, the BBC’s classic strand of festive terror
Features

The best Blu-rays and DVDs of 2021

By Kieron Corless

The best Blu-rays and DVDs of 2021
Where to begin

Where to begin with the Shaw Brothers

By Matthew Thrift

Where to begin with the Shaw Brothers
Features

Pictures on Pink Paper: rediscovering a 1980s feminist avant-garde classic

By María Palacios Cruz

Pictures on Pink Paper: rediscovering a 1980s feminist avant-garde classic
Features

Warping the sound of authority: how public information films filtered into electronic music

By Xavier Alexandre Pillai

Warping the sound of authority: how public information films filtered into electronic music
The best of 2021

2021: the year in games

By Stuart Burnside

2021: the year in games
From the Sight and Sound archive

Festive spirits

By Bryony Dixon

Festive spirits
From the Sight and Sound archive

Dreams of conquest: bell hooks on Hoop Dreams

By bell hooks

Dreams of conquest: bell hooks on Hoop Dreams
The best of 2021

2021: the year in US film

By Nicolas Rapold

2021: the year in US film
The best of 2021

2021: the year in queer cinema

By Alex Davidson

2021: the year in queer cinema
The best of 2021

2021: the year in experimental cinema

By Michael Pattison

2021: the year in experimental cinema
The best of 2021

2021: the year in East Asian cinema

By Tony Rayns

2021: the year in East Asian cinema
The best of 2021

2021: the year in art cinema

By Jonathan Romney

2021: the year in art cinema
The best of 2021

2021: the year in animation

By Alex Dudok de Wit

2021: the year in animation
The best of 2021

2021: the year in British cinema

By Philip Concannon

2021: the year in British cinema
The best of 2021

2021: the year in archive cinema

By Pamela Hutchinson

2021: the year in archive cinema
10 great

10 great Christmas moments in games

By Stuart Burnside

10 great Christmas moments in games
The best of 2021

2021: the year in documentary

By Ben Nicholson

2021: the year in documentary
Where to begin

Where to begin with Shinji Somai

By Josh Slater-Williams

Where to begin with Shinji Somai
Obituaries

Lina Wertmüller (1928-2021), director of razor-sharp satires who made Oscar history

By Pasquale Iannone

Lina Wertmüller (1928-2021), director of razor-sharp satires who made Oscar history
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