Bobby Kennedy for President – Technically a docuseries, filmmaker Dawn Porter uses archival footage and interviews to build the story of Robert F. Kennedy’s life, presidential run, and assassination. The series’ most interesting episode is the fourth, which examines the aftermath of the assassination and the difficulty of serving justice in a case with such national prominence. The entire series is available now on Netflix.
RBG – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was appointed an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993, has also of late become something of an icon, particularly to young, progressive women who see her as a hero. “RBG” is a romping biographical documentary about her, outlining her life’s history, her long and fruitful marriage, her career, and her reputation as a dissenter with a bit of an attitude. RBG herself appears in the film to talk about her life — and does a mean plank at the gym.
Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat – “Boom For Real” brings to life the early years of legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, using interviews with his friends and mostly previously unseen archival footage. Director Sara Driver knew Basquiat, which means there’s an unusually personal touch to the film; it works best as a tribute to the artist from his friends, one that illuminates the time before he became an art-world icon.
Filmworker – Leon Vitali had a promising acting career of his own, but he gave it up to become Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man — a choice that shaped his life and the history of cinema in innumerable ways. “Filmworker” is Vitali’s story, and besides being a fascinating look into his life, it helps show how Kubrick, infamous for his exacting, perfectionist filmmaking, put together his own work.
Pope Francis — A Man of His Word – Veteran director Wim Wenders worked directly with the Vatican to make this documentary about Pope Francis which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The film follows the Pope as he travels and answers questions from around the world about matters of justice, the environment, immigration, and more. Though the Vatican’s involvement in the production virtually guarantees it won’t be a critical take, it will likely be a very illuminating one.
See the rest of the list at Vox.
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