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documentaries



  • Women Dominate One Academy Award Category. Here’s Why

    by David Resha

    Women have dominated the Documentary Feature category at the Academy Awards, and have indeed shaped the genre from the beginning. But this reflects the fact that the film industry has been more willing to entrust leadership to women in the low-cost, low-stakes environment of documentaries than in feature film. 



  • The Fruit of Power

    Raoul Peck's documentary "Exterminate All The Brutes" considers not just the history of settler colonialism, but the epistemology of history in contexts where the powerful seek to shape knowledge. 



  • “Atomic Cover-Up” Premieres

    by Greg Mitchell

    Documentarian Greg Mitchell's new movie about the two film crews – one Japanese, one American – who recorded the human toll of the Hiroshima bombing and had their footage suppressed has premiered. Find out how to view it. 



  • Ken Burns Still Has Faith in a Shared American Story

    "The most important thing about me talking about race now is to say that I am in a position where I have to be quiet. You have to be quiet. There are other voices that need to speak. The dismantling of white supremacy is not just white people continually talking about the dismantling of white supremacy. You have to shut up and listen."



  • The Problem With CNN’s Lincoln Documentary

    by Kevin M. Levin

    In a brief review, history educator and civil war scholar Kevin M. Levin says CNN's latest Lincoln documentary doesn't use the knowledge of a great roster of historians to full advantage. 



  • New Documentary: Tuskegee Airmen: Legacy of Courage

    TV journalist Robin Roberts produces a documentary on the famed Tuskegee Airmen – including her father – whose service in World War II supported the long movement for civil rights. 



  • A Polarizing Documentary Spurs Debate Over a Violent Time in Quebec

    Canadians are debating whether a documentary released at the fiftieth anniversary of a campaign of political violence by Quebecois separatists valorizes terrorism and ignores peaceful progress toward a bicultural Canada; the filmmaker is the son of one of the convicted conspirators.



  • "A Life on Our Planet" Provides Environmental Hope

    by Walter G. Moss

    Although the recent Netflix documentary on the global environment describes a grim present, it explains a path forward that is simple (if the political will can be found).