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Documentary Competition

The Grierson Award recognises films with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance.

Aatsinki: the Story of Arctic CowboysAatsinki: the Story of Arctic Cowboys

An evocative and frank exploration of the diversity and joys of the lives of reindeer herders in the frozen forests of the Arctic wilderness.

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The Armstrong LieThe Armstrong Lie

Award-winning documentarist Alex Gibney’s film, shooting as Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal broke, offers a complex picture of a sporting enigma.

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At BerkeleyAt Berkeley

Frederick Wiseman’s immersive institutional documentary boasts extraordinary access in its classy portrait of an iconic University in flux.

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Cutie and the BoxerCutie and the Boxer

Art-scene egos and a decades-old love story collide in Zachary Heinzerling’s touching documentary framing an artist couple’s first joint exhibition.

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Here Be DragonsHere Be Dragons

Filmmaker and critic Mark Cousins turns explorer as his voyage to Albania takes him under the skin of the country’s fragile cinematic culture.

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La Maison de la radioLa Maison de la radio

A humane, exhilarating portrait of Radio France from the inside, airing a dawn-to-dusk vision of the station with affection and philosophical depth.

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After the drama of Zero Dark Thirty, Greg Barker’s investigative doc meets the real CIA operatives who tracked Osama Bin Laden for twenty years.

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The Missing PictureThe Missing Picture

A visually astonishing, harrowing account of Pol Pot’s Cambodia using miniature clay figures and archive footage to explore memory and trauma.

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My Fathers, My Mother and MeMy Fathers, My Mother and Me

Paul-Julien Robert’s quietly devastating documentary revisits the former residents of the experimental 1970s free-love commune in which he grew up.

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Vitaly Mansky’s compelling documentary follows the course of the Trans-Siberian gas pipeline through perceptive scenes from everyday life.

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Matt Wolf’s prehistory of the Teenager is a sharp, archive-rich take on youth from the early 20th century to its ‘official’ invention in the 1940s.

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Ukraine is Not a BrothelUkraine Is Not a Brothel

Four years in the making, Kitty Green’s film on the Ukrainian female activists of Femen is an intimate look at a movement fighting for its identity.

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