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To Think, Not React: Heidi Ewing Interviewed by Ken Foster
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The director of the Oscar-nominated documentary, Jesus Camp, releases her first narrative film.

To Think, Not React: Heidi Ewing Interviewed by Ken Foster
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The director of the Oscar-nominated documentary, Jesus Camp, releases her first narrative film.

Rosine Mbakam’s Delphine’s Prayers by Priscilla Posada
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Rosine Mbaka’s film Delphine’s Prayers (Tândor Films) documents her friend—a fellow Cameroonian immigrant in Brussels—as she reckons with the aftermath of sexual violence.

Nanfu Wang’s In the Same Breath by Bridget Hovell
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Nanfu Wang’s documentary In the Same Breath (HBO) chronicles the COVID-19 pandemic, its paradoxical propaganda, and how China and the US “responded to the spread of the coronavirus by protecting their public image above all else.”

Negotiating Patches of History: Yoruba Richen and Alden Jones
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The documentary filmmaker and memoirist discuss intersections in their storytelling processes.

On Animal Empathy: Viktor Kossakovsky’s Gunda Reviewed by Conor Williams
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An elegant portrait of a mother pig.

Masculine Feminine: Garin Nugroho Interviewed by Ivan Talijancic
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Cinematic portraits of the Indonesian lengger dancer and choreographer, Rianto.

The Ross Brothers by RaMell Ross
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The filmmakers question the conventions of documentation with work that seeks transparency and authenticity outside of the fiction–nonfiction dichotomy.

As If Art Suspends the World: Simone Manetti’s I’m in Love with Pippa Bacca Reviewed by Jillian McManemin
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On the murder of a performance artist set out to heal a war-torn world.

Vivian Vázquez Irizarry and Gretchen Hildebran’s Decade of Fire by Roya Marsh
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Decade of Fire is a remarkable tale of the Bronx’s rise from ash, standing to set the record straight about the fires that ravaged the borough in the late ’60s and ’70s.

A Surreptitious Form of Activism: Michelle Handelman Interviewed by Jane Ursula Harris
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The filmmaker on her 1995 film BloodSisters documenting San Francisco’s leather-dyke scene.

Disorderly Glory: Joyce García’s Yo No Soy Guapo by Max Pearl
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Mexico City’s sonidero scene finally gets the documentary it deserves.

Tania Cypriano by Amy Jenkins
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Cypriano’s documentary Born to Be follows the profound journeys of several patients and doctors at the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery.

To Be With Time: Varda by Agnès Reviewed by Amy Chabassier
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A final, reflexive work from the godmother of the French New Wave.

Living Matter by Claire Atherton
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I never made a decision to become a film editor—or, in any case, I didn’t decide upon it at a young age and follow a single career path.

Nanfu Wang by Hao Wu
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The two Chinese-born filmmakers reflect on Wang’s new documentary One Child Nation and her unique approach to blending the personal and political.

Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam’s The Sweet Requiem by Sabine Russ
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A film about departures, the kind without return.

Kazuo Hara by Ken Jacobs
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The pioneering filmmakers discuss morality and dissent in Hara’s highly subjective documentaries: “It takes a toll to discover what binds your heart to the subject.”

Native Sand: Yeo Siew Hua Interviewed by Sihan Tan
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The Singaporean filmmaker on migrant labor; visitations; and his recent work, A Land Imagined.

Life Before Death: John Bruce and Pawel Wojtasik Interviewed by Nicholas Elliott
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The filmmakers take an unexpected approach to documenting people in the final stage of life.

A Sense of Place: William Ferris Interviewed by Michael Blair
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The artist and documentarian on capturing the vernacular South. 

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