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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On VOD: SPACE DOGS

Coming to VOD via OVID.tv tomorrow, Thursday, January 14:
SPACE DOGS

Directors:
Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter

World Premiere:
Locarno 2019

Select Festivals:
RIDM, DOK Leipzig, Torino, Tallinn Black Nights, Mar del Plata, Sao Paolo, Reykjavik, Vienna

About:
A meditation on the fate of the Soviet Union’s animal cosmonauts.

I previously wrote about the doc 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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On DVD/VOD: BEAUTIFUL DARLING

New to DVD/VOD this week:
BEAUTIFUL DARLING

Director:
James Rasin

World Premiere:
Berlin 2010

Select Festivals:
New Directors/New Films, Frameline, Provincetown

About:
A portrait of the pioneering and influential Warhol Superstar, Candy Darling.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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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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New York Jewish Film Festival 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 30th New York Jewish Film Festival

Dates:
January 13-26

About:
Co-presented by Film at Lincoln Center and The Jewish Museum, the event goes online this year with eight docs among its offerings of 16 new features.

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On DVD/VOD: QUEEN OF HEARTS: AUDREY FLACK

Coming to DVD/VOD today, Tuesday, January 12:
QUEEN OF HEARTS: AUDREY FLACK

Director:
Deborah Shaffer

Co-Director:
Rachel Reichman

World Premiere:
Film Columbia 2019

Select Festivals:
DOC NYC, Docaviv, Full Frame, Ashland, Indie Grits, Hamptons Docfest, Sonoma

About:
A portrait of the pioneering artist.

I previously wrote about the doc here.

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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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On DVD: A THOUSAND CUTS

Coming to DVD today, Tuesday, January 12:
A THOUSAND CUTS

Director:
Ramona Diaz

World Premiere:
Sundance 2020

Select Festivals:
Hot Docs, SXSW, AFI Docs, Full Frame, San Francisco, Cleveland

About:
A chilling look at the assault on fundamental democratic freedoms in the Philippines.

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

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2021 Sundance Docs in Focus: TRY HARDER!

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TRY HARDER!
Debbie Lum follows the graduating class of a competitive San Francisco High School through its college application process.

Festival Section:
US Documentary Competition

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