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2021 Sundance Docs in Focus: PLAYING WITH SHARKS

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PLAYING WITH SHARKS
Sally Aitken pays tribute to a pioneering shark conservationist and underwater cinematographer.

Festival Section:
World Cinema Documentary Competition

Country:
Australia

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2021 Sundance Docs in Focus: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOY IN THE WORLD

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOY IN THE WORLD
Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri reveal the lasting impact of fame and objectification on a young male actor.

Festival Section:
World Cinema Documentary Competition

Country:
Sweden

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In Theatres/Virtual Release: ACASA, MY HOME

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Coming to select theatres and to virtual cinemas today, Friday, January 15:
ACASA, MY HOME

Director:
Radu Ciorniciuc

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, IDFA, Docaviv, DOK.fest Munich, Thessaloniki Doc, Doc Edge, One World, Moscow Doc, Sarajevo, Cartagena, Krakow, Transilvania, Zurich, Cologne, El Gouna

About:
A Roma family is forced to leave their self-sufficient life off the grid for the city.

My pre-Sundance profile of the doc may be found here.

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In Virtual Release: SOME KIND OF HEAVEN

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Coming to virtual cinemas tomorrow, Friday, January 15:
SOME KIND OF HEAVEN

Director:
Lance Oppenheim

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Rotterdam, Doc Fortnight, Visions du Reel, New Zealand, Florida, Atlanta, Philadelphia

About:
A profile of several residents of America’s largest retirement community.

My pre-Sundance profile of the doc may be found here.

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2021 Sundance Docs in Focus: MISHA AND THE WOLVES

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MISHA AND THE WOLVES
Sam Hobkinson reveals the fascinating tale of a woman’s self-mythologizing Holocaust survival story.

Festival Section:
World Cinema Documentary Competition

Country:
UK/Belgium

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2021 Sundance Docs in Focus: FLEE

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FLEE
Jonas Poher Rasmussen tells the affecting story of a former refugee who must confront the traumas of his past to move forward with his life.

Festival Section:
World Cinema Documentary Competition (Day One film)

Country:
Denmark/France/Sweden/Norway

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On VOD: ASSASSINS

Coming to VOD this Friday, January 15:
ASSASSINS

Director:
Ryan White

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Zurich, Warsaw, Stockholm, Full Frame, Double Exposure, Hot Docs, Brisbane, Hawai’i

About:
An investigation of the bizarre story behind the brazen assassination of the half-brother of Kim Jong-un.

My pre-Sundance profile of the doc may be found here.

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2021 Sundance Docs in Focus: FAYA DAYI

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FAYA DAYI
Jessica Beshir crafts a poetic, sensorial journey into the highlands of Harar in eastern Ethiopia, the birthplace of khat.

Festival Section:
World Cinema Documentary Competition

Country:
Ethiopia/USA/Qatar

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2021 Sundance Docs in Focus: CAPTAINS OF ZAATARI

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CAPTAINS OF ZAATARI
Ali El Arabi follows the soccer dreams of two teenage best friends living in the titular Syrian refugee camp.

Festival Section:
World Cinema Documentary Competition

Country:
Egypt

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2021 Sundance Docs in Focus: USERS

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USERS
Natalia Almada offers a thought-provoking essay about the unexpected consequences of our dependence on technology.

Festival Section:
US Documentary Competition

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