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Occupied City review – a staggeringly ambitious feat of emotional stamina

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Steven McQueen provides a haunting examination of Amsterdam under Nazi occupation in contrast to its present in his documentary adapted from Bianca Stigter's book of the same name.

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Anselm review – a perfect combination of director and subject

By David Jenkins

Wim Wenders’ luxe 3D portrait of the flame-thrower wielding conceptual artist Anselm Kiefer is a dreamy delight.

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On the Adamant review – A hushed, humanistic, prize-winning doc

By David Jenkins

French documentarian Nicolas Philibert returns with a gentle, deeply moving chronicle of a floating hospital in Paris.

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Smoke Sauna Sisterhood review – one to reflect on in the bath

By Saskia Lloyd Gaiger

Anna Hint’s intimate, drowsy documentary observes a group of women cleansing their bodies and sharing secrets in a traditional smoke sauna.

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20 Days in Mariupol review – brave piece of frontline journalism

By Marina Ashioti

Ukrainian Associated Press journalist Mstyslav Chernov chronicles the the invasion of the port city of Mariupol.

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A Life On The Farm review – pays worthy tribute to its subject

By Carly Mattox

A film enthusiastic attempts to piece together the life of an eccentric farmer-turned-amateur filmmaker in Oscar Harding's conventional but charming documentary.

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Once Upon a Time in Uganda review – an effusive love letter

By Marina Ashioti

This entertaining documentary celebrates the low-budget action movies of “Uganda’s Quentin Tarantino”, Isaac Nabwana.

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Kokomo City review – an impressively stylish debut

By Marina Ashioti

D Smith's lively documentary offers a bold exploration of transness, womanhood, Blackness and the sex industry.

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Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis)

By David Jenkins

Fun, insidery profile doc of the creative team behind some of the most memorable album covers ever made – including Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

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Shabu

By Marina Ashioti

A teenager from Rotterdam attempts to make amends for totalling his grandmother’s car in Shamira Raphaëla’s fun, uplifting documentary.

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The Super 8 Years

By Mark Asch

Annie Ernaux and her son David piece together a magical home movie essay on marriage, motherhood and the whole damn thing.

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My Imaginary Country

By Marina Ashioti

A new vital work by Patricio Guzmán sees the documentary veteran turn his gaze towards a new generation of Chilean revolutionaries.

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De Humani Corporis Fabrica

By David Jenkins

This humanist portrait of care, surgery and technology is Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s most overtly socially conscious work.

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Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power

By Lillian Crawford

Nina Menkes’ broad-strokes, reactionary investigation of the male gaze is more interested in cherry-picking than it is insightful critique.

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Little Richard: I Am Everything

By David Jenkins

The "Quasar of Rock" is the subject of this juicy and insightful documentary which prizes deep cultural analysis over the usual bobbysoxer hysteria.

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Loving Highsmith

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Eva Vitija's thoughtful documentary is a measured look at a singular, enigmatic literary voice.

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Rebellion

By Adam Solomons

This fly-on-the-wall documentary is a dicey, disappointing look at the incendiary eco-rebels known as Extinction Rebellion.

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