Top of the Docs #43 – Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997)

Released in 1997, Johan Grimonprez’s film explores plane hijackings almost as a cultural phenomenon, stretching back from the 1960s right up until his contemporary moment.

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Top of the Docs #42 – Can’t Get You Out of My Head (2021)

Renowned for his breadth of research and incisive analysis, Curtis’ documentaries usually focus on an aspect of history, exploring its cultural, social and political impacts.

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Top of the Docs #41 – IFFR Special: ‘Les sorcieres de l’Orient’ (2021)

This year at IFFR, Faraut returns with his new film, Les sorcieres de l’Orient, a story of triumph, dedication, and perhaps Japan’s most iconic sports team.

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Top of the Docs #40 – IFFR Review: Archipelago

Félix Dufour-Laperrière’s documentary takes a poetic approach to what makes up “place” and the result is perhaps one of the most interesting psycho-geographic documentaries in recent years.

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Top of the Docs #39 – Sundance: All Light, Everywhere

One of the hidden gems from this year’s Sundance, Anthony has quietly made one of the most vital documentaries of the year, one that shows nearly 50 years on that Harry Caul’s breakdown in trust was more than justified.

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Top of the Docs #37 – LFF Special: ‘If It Were Love’ (2020) Reminisces on Human Touch

If It Were Love is an intense film following the touring show of Crowd from theatre to theatre. The fly on the wall documentary observes these performers behind the scenes.

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Top of the Docs #36 – LFF Special: ‘Time’ (2020)

Garrett Bradley, a first-time filmmaker, brings us perhaps the most damning indictment of the system yet, with her film Time.

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Top of the Docs #36 – Berwick Special: The Year of the Discovery (2020)

Luis Lopez Carrasco’s second feature explores this supposedly glorious year in Spanish history through the lens of Cartagena.

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Top of the Docs #35 – The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987)

The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On follows Kenzo Okuzaki, a sixty-two-year-old veteran, who took part in Japan’s campaign in New Guinea during World War Two.

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Top of the Docs #34 – TIFF Special: City Hall (2020)

Veteran documentarian Frederick Wiseman takes his unique lens and applies it to his home-town of Boston, taking us right to the heart of City Hall.

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