Sundance 2017: U.S. Documentary Competition

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1. Casting JonBenet (2017)

Documentary

The unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey remains the world's most sensational child murder case. Over 15 months, responses, reflections and performances were... See full summary »

Director: Kitty Green | Stars: Hannah Cagwin, Aeona Cruz, Liv Bagley, Shylee Sagle

2. Chasing Coral (2017)

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Director: Jeff Orlowski

3. City of Ghosts (2017)

This is the story of a new type of warfare: a battle over ideas, over hearts and minds, over clicks and views.

Director: Matthew Heineman

4. Dina (2017)

101 min

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An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story.

Directors: Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles | Stars: Dina Buno, Scott Levin

5. Dolores (2017)

95 min | Documentary, Biography, History | Post-production

Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions by starting the country's first farm worker's union with fellow organizer Cesar Chavez. What starts out as a struggle for racial and labor ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Bratt

6. The Force (I) (2016)

80 min | Documentary | Post-production

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THE FORCE goes inside an embattled urban police department struggling to rebuild trust in one of America's most violent yet promising cities.

Director: Peter Nicks

7. Icarus (2017)

Documentary, Thriller

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Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2017

Director: Bryan Fogel | Stars: Bryan Fogel, Grigory Rodchenkov

8. The New Radical (2017)

Documentary | Post-production

Uncompromising millennial radicals from the United States and the United Kingdom attack the system through dangerous technological means, which evolves into a high-stakes game with world ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Bhala Lough | Stars: Amir Taaki, Cody Wilson

9. Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and Trials of a Free Press (2017)

The trial between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media pitted privacy rights against freedom of the press, and raised important questions about how big money can silence media. This film is an ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Knappenberger

10. Quest (I) (2016)

90 min | Documentary | Post-production

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Filmed over a decade, 'Quest: the Fury and the Sound' was originally planned as a documentary portrait of the Rainey family and their home music studio, which serves as a special sanctuary ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Olshefski

11. Step (2016)

82 min | Documentary | Post-production

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The senior year of a girls high school step team in inner-city Baltimore is documented, as they try to become the first in their families to attend college. The girls strive to make their ... See full summary »

Director: Amanda Lipitz

Votes: 6

12. Strong Island (2017)

Documentary | Completed

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Examining the violent death of the filmmaker's brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free, this documentary interrogates murderous fear and racialized perception, ... See full summary »

Director: Yance Ford

13. Trophy (2017)

This in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.

Directors: Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz

14. Unrest (2017)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

Jennifer, a Harvard PhD student, was signing a check at a restaurant when she found she could not write her own name. Months before her wedding, she became progressively more ill, losing ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Brea | Stars: Samuel Bearman, Jessica l e Taylor

15. Water & Power: A California Heist (2017)

87 min | Documentary

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Water & Power: A California Heist uncovers the alarming exploits of California's most notorious water barons, who profit off of the state's resource while everyday citizens, unincorporated ... See full summary »

Director: Marina Zenovich

16. Whose Streets? (2017)

90 min | Documentary | Post-production

Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at how the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.

Directors: Sabaah Folayan, Sabaah Jordan, Damon Davis