Documentaries are coming to the Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is home to some of the greatest documentaries of all time. Titles like His brother’s keeper and hoop dreams debuted at Sundance. This year also has an impressive slate. Here are some of the documentaries we can’t wait to see.

Brainwashing: Sex-Camera-Power


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Director Nina Menkes’ film is more than just a film documentary. The film examines the politics of blueprint design and how it contributes to discriminatory hiring practices and gender inequality. Based on Menkes’ Cinematic Speech Sex and power: the language of cinema, the documentary focuses the camera on the film industry.

Free Chol Soo Lee

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The American justice system is filled with stories of people wrongfully imprisoned. Free Chol Soo Lee is the story of a 20-year-old Korean immigrant who was arrested and convicted of murder. It also examines Lee’s legacy and the effects of his story.

jeeny-yuhs: a Kanye trilogy

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Kanye West has been one of the most influential and polarizing figures of the 21st century. The documentary follows a 21-year-old West as he films for the first time in New York in search of a record deal. Directors who introduced West to the world with “Through the Wire.”

Civil war

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Boxing is a popular sport among the Mexican and Mexican American communities. Director Eva Longoria Baston looks back on one of the greatest sporting moments of the 1990s. When Mexican-born Julia Cesar Chavez was challenged by Oscar de la Hoya, whose parents had emigrated from Mexico, the fight took a cultural significance.

Meet me in the bathroom

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Based on the book by Lizzy Goodman, the documentary chronicles the rebirth of the rock music scene in New York City after 9/11. The documentary follows bands of the era including The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Nothing compares

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Sinead O’Connor has been in the news a lot lately for unfortunate reasons. Nothing compares is a celebration of the singer’s willingness to take a stand and the backlash she faced. The film can also provide an understanding of his passion.

Riotville, United States

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The late 1960s was one of the most tumultuous times in American history. This documentary captures the spirit of the times while showing governments’ response to it all. This includes footage of Riotsvilles, model towns built by the military where soldiers and police would train to respond to civil unrest.

The Sundance Film Festival is online from January 20-30. Tickets can be purchased and a full lineup can be found here.

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