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RaMell Ross’s poetically fragmented documentary offers an intimate view of a small African American community in Alabama, while proving that sometimes you can see the world differently just by sitting still and taking the time to look at it, writes Luke Moody.
Thursday 17 January 2019
If documentaries can react to our times faster than fiction films, how do the latest from three American masters – Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9, Errol Morris’s American Dharma and Fred Wiseman’s Monrovia, Indiana – probe the meaning of Trumpism, asks Tom Charity.
Wednesday 17 October 2018
Considering Island, Steven Eastwood’s documentary portrait of four dying patients at a hospice on the Isle of Wight, Sophie Monks Kaufman asks: why are we drawn to fictional moving images of death, yet fear their nonfiction counterparts?
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Friday 14 September 2018
Twenty years ago, a tiny documentary by a future Hollywood A-Lister made waves at the Toronto International Film Festival – and changed movies forever. By Robert Greene.
Thursday 13 September 2018
In a world that increasingly overturns geographic specifics, is attention to space a new mode of artistic dissent? Michael Pattison considers the question in light of two new landscape documentaries.
Sunday 9 September 2018
The BlacKkKlansman director’s nonfiction films earnestly and cathartically portray black vulnerability, showing how those left behind take up the legacy of their dead, writes Kelli Weston.
Friday 24 August 2018
Aspirations to documentary ‘objectivity’ may now be aesthetically discredited – but don’t they also miss a trick emotionally? Sophie Brown considers six recent exemplars of nonfiction outreach and tenderness that might be a model for the palliative-care worlds they explore.
Wednesday 4 July 2018
Two of this year’s most original movies emphasise the made, mediated nature of nonfiction cinema – and thereby lead us to deeper truths, argues Robert Greene.
Monday 12 September 2016
The filmmaker’s friend and scholar Joseph Gomez divulges the background to the making of Watkins’ masterpiece – a film “about Munch and about Peter Watkins and, ultimately, about all of us.”
Monday 5 September 2016
Two prodigies of American documentary’s digital revolution, the Ross brothers beckon you aboard their wagon. Robert Greene is on already.
Wednesday 22 June 2016
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