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Bowling for Columbine
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Bowling for Columbine

Bowling for Columbine by Michael Moore takes a deeper look into the shocking events that transpired during the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, from those responsible for the attack to the countless lives that were lost during it. The documentary explores the possible root causes for unnecessary gun violence, in particular the social factors contributing […]
Catfish
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Catfish

Catfish is a strange and peculiar documentary. It relates to a modern type of romance – the one lived over the internet. It was also taken for a hoax, but the filmmakers have protested their legitimacy. It begins in a small office owned by Henry, Ariel and Nev. They enjoy shooting modern dancers of all […]
Born Into Brothels
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Born Into Brothels

Born Into Brothels chronicles the story of the children of prostitutes in India’s city of Kolkata. Directors Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman enter the underworld of prostitution in Sonagachi, the red light district of Kolkata where they encounter children whose mothers work as prostitutes. Briski offers to teach the children photography in exchange for permission […]
Waiting for ‘Superman’
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Waiting for ‘Superman’

Waiting for ‘Superman’ uncovers the failures of the US public education system by following students and documenting their struggles and triumphs within their academic settings. It seeks to promote more stringent accountability both for teachers and charter schools as an effective solution to America’s educational crisis. The film’s premise is simple and straight-forward. It follows […]
Deep Web
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Deep Web

Deep Web investigates the events surrounding Silk Road, the online marketplace for selling illegal drugs on the dark web that was eventually shutdown by the FBI. At its peak it had over 900,000 registered users and generated over $1.2bn in sales. This documentary covers the trial of Silk Road owner Ross Ulbricht, who operated the […]
The Bridge
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The Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the world’s most popular suicide spots. Originally constructed in order to connect Marin Country with San Francisco, it has become a legendary point of departure for people who are determined to end their lives. Filmed over the course of a year, The Bridge not only reveals the breathtaking […]
The Queen of Versailles
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The Queen of Versailles

The Queen of Versailles depicts the lives of Florida billionaires David and Jackie Siegel and their family as they build their private residence called ‘Versailles’ – one of the largest and most expensive homes in America – amidst the backdrop of the global financial crisis. David, 74, and 43-year-old wife Jackie live a luxurious life. […]
HyperNormalisation
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HyperNormalisation

HyperNormalisation by Adam Curtis argues that in these times of perplexing world events and uncertainty, politicians and people have retreated into an over-simplistic version of reality. Over the past 40 years, those in positions of power, in particular politicians, technological utopians, financiers and various social agents have given up on facing the complexities of the […]
The Invisible War
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The Invisible War

The Invisible War reveals the secretive and harrowing story of the sexual assault epidemic in the US military. Lauded by the journalists, lawmakers, and advocates for its deep influence on government policies, this award-winning documentary exposes the previously underreported culture of sexual assault and harassment within the armed forces. The Invisible War features interviews with […]
The Super-Rich and Us
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The Super-Rich and Us

The Super-Rich and Us investigates the impact of Britain’s billionaires on the nation’s economy. Home to the most billionaires per capita in the world, it attracts the super-rich due to its intricate tax loopholes that allow the wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. The rich have parlayed British policy for decades, but their wealth […]
Last Days of Solitary
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Last Days of Solitary

Last Days of Solitary is a harrowing account of the long-lasting effects of solitary confinement on some of the most dangerous inmates in prison and why it is a struggle for them to re-assimilate into society successfully. It gives the most extensive look into the controversial practice by showing the lives of various inmates and […]
The Jihadis Next Door
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The Jihadis Next Door

The Jihadis Next Door follows and challenges the behaviour of Islamic extremists preaching their message in Britain. One of the most memorable individuals is Abu Rumaysah, a former bouncy-castle salesman whose journey into the heart of Isis leads him to become one of the world’s most wanted men. Over the course of two years filmmaker […]