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Four Daughters review – successfully bypasses the traps of the gratuitous

By Rafa Sales Ross

The latest documentary from Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania centers a quartet of young women whose lives are changed forever when two of them join ISIS.

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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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Your Fat Friend review – heartfelt, clear-eyed filmmaking

By Hannah Strong

Jeanie Finlay profiles writer and activist Aubrey Gordon, whose eponymous blog unexpectedly led her to become an online sensation.

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This Blessed Plot review – a rough-hewn Brit ghost story

By David Jenkins

The latest from British non-fiction filmmaker Marc Issacs offers an ethereal cross-cut of working class lives in deepest Essex.

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Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer review – shine on you crazy German

By Adam Woodward

Thomas von Steinaecker flips the camera on one of Germany's favourite filmmaking sons, investigating his long and far-reaching career.

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The Disappearance of Shere Hite – a profile doc with hidden depths

By David Jenkins

The life of the idiosyncratic US sexologist is parlayed into a story of rank misogyny and violent moral conservatism.

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Scala!!! review – an exhaustive and lively document of a cult scene

By David Jenkins

An affectionate new documentary celebrates one of London's most beloved cinema institutions and the patrons who made it mythological.

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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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The Eternal Memory – Intimate, meandering doc

By David Jenkins

A sentimental docu-portrait of a Chilean journalist, famed for his reporting on Pinochet's atrocities, whose own memory is leaving him.

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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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Rock Hudson: All That Heaven Allowed review – gossipy, entertaining look at a mythological man

By Patrick Sproull

Stephen Kijak speaks to Rock Hudson's friends and lovers to build a loving – but perhaps a little one-note – portrait of a Hollywood star.

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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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The Future Tense review – invigorating, droll essay film

By David Jenkins

Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy reflect on matters of cultural identity in this hopscotching journey through time, space and the Irish Sea.

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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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