documentary films

Ella Rosenblatt at age 2 with her dad Jay

How Do You Measure a Year? short doc about growing up

How Do You Measure a Year? from director and father Jay Rosenblatt captures 16 years of growth in a short documentary. Rosenblatt interviewed his daughter Ella every year on her birthday. This film is the result.

Nina Menkes in a theater seat watching the screen in Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power

Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power, let it blow your mind

From writer and director Nina Menkes, Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power explains how the politics of shot design on our screens affects sexual assault and employment discrimination against women. The documentary uses over 175 film clips to make its point.

Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over

If you’re a certain age (like me), you can sing along with every Dionne Warwick song because you know all the lyrics by heart. In Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, the lady herself leads a retrospective look back at her career.

a descendant of Cudjo Lewis

Descendant: meet descendants of the survivors from the last slave ship

Descendant is a sweeping tale of American history and of the descendants of enslaved Africans brought to the U.S. long after slave ships were outlawed. It’s a story of ancestry, survival, and American racism.

Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele in Spring Awakening: Those You've Known

Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known

Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known is an HBO Max documentary about a single performance of the Tony winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening. The original cast came together after 15 years with a week of rehearsal to stage the play one more time.

Julia Child in Julia the documentary

Julia, the Julia Child documentary

Julia the documentary is a look at Julia Child’s entire life from directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West. It uses a wealth of archival footage of her cooking and giving interviews. People who knew her and worked with her speak, and modern chefs who owe so much to her were interviewed.

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