A 22-minute short film directed by a poet about a leper colony in Iran, which is somehow one of those works of art that might mean basically anything or everything.
A very influential documentary that was far ahead of its time in both its talking head approach and its LGBT themes, though for few films am I more confident saying “your mileage may vary.”
A documentary featuring the voices of Black gay men, which in 1989 was enough almost to turn Washington upside down.
Considered the first great film made about the Olympics, it is also, unfortunately, a highly effective piece of Nazi propaganda.
A meticulous documentary that presents a lot of information I didn’t know about the darkest moment in Olympic history.
A documentary ostensibly about high school basketball, but possibly about basically all of modern America.
A portrait of a coal mining community in 1970s Kentucky, where the company is king but the locals risk life and limb to unionize, as did the filmmakers to tell their story.
A documentary so early it doesn’t know the rules about documentaries, about life at the edge of human existence.
An absolutely essential first-person historical document about one of the worst events in history.
A documentary about pet cemeteries and also the meaning of life, maybe low-key one of my all-time favorites.