The Battle of Midway (1942) – One of the best American propaganda films of all time, John Ford’s Oscar-winning documentary covers the titular World War II battle.
Get Me Roger Stone (2017) – Many political historians and social observers will spend the rest of their lives figuring out how Donald Trump became President of the United States. Republican political strategist Roger Stone, the subject of this documentary, knows the answer.
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (2017) – In 2014, 14-year-old Joshua Wong took a stand against China’s pro-Communist education program in Hong Kong by staging a protest outside the territory’s government headquarters. What started as a group of 20 grew to a crowd of over 100,000. If you ever feel incapable of accomplishing a task, you have Joshua Wong to inspire you with the click of a button.
My Beautiful Broken Brain (2016) – In 2011, Lotje Sodderland suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in her sleep and woke up not knowing who she was or how to communicate. Within days, though, she began to document her situation and her recovery, recording selfie videos that are now a devastatingly personal part of the film, one of the best of 2016.
Welcome to Leith (2015) – If you’re at all surprised by the sudden prevalence of white nationalist groups in America today, their gradual rise is briefly explained in this complex and compelling documentary about a political leader who tried to turn an entire town in North Dakota into a hub for neo-Nazis and their families.
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