Sundance 2017: World Cinema Documentary Competition

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1. The Good Postman (2016)

80 min | Documentary

8.6
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A small and stubborn Bulgarian village facing the Turkish border has been resisting foreign invaders since the times of the Roman and Ottoman Empires. Now its electorate of 38 elderly ... See full summary »

Director: Tonislav Hristov

Votes: 57

2. In Loco Parentis (2016)

99 min | Documentary

8.4
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75 Metascore

Long careers are drawing to a close for John and Amanda, who teach Latin, English, and guitar at a stately home-turned-school, where they are legends with a mantra: "Reading. 'Rithmetic. Rock 'n' roll!" But leaving is the hardest lesson.

Directors: Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane

Votes: 41

3. It's Not Yet Dark (2016)

81 min | Documentary

8.2
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It's Not Yet Dark tells the ground breaking story of Simon Fitzmaurice, a talented young Irish film maker with ALS (MND), as he embarks on directing his first feature film through the use of his eyes and eye gaze technology.

Director: Frankie Fenton

Votes: 20

4. Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (2017)

8.7
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When the Chinese Communist Party backtracks on its promise of autonomy to Hong Kong, teenager Joshua Wong decides to save his city. Rallying thousands of kids to skip school and occupy the ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Piscatella

Votes: 6

5. Last Men in Aleppo (2017)

110 min | Documentary

8.3
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After five years of war in Syria, Aleppo's remaining residents prepare themselves for a siege. Khalid, Subhi and Mahmoud, founding members of The White Helmets, have remained in the city to... See full summary »

Directors: Steen Johannessen, Firas Fayyad

Votes: 51

6. Machines (2016)

75 min | Documentary

8.1
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Director Rahul Jain presents an intimate, observantly portrayal of the rhythm of life and work in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India. Moving through the corridors and bowels of ... See full summary »

Director: Rahul Jain

Votes: 62

7. Motherland (2017)

94 min

6.5
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Taking us into the heart of the planet's busiest maternity hospital, the viewer is dropped like an unseen outsider into the hospital's stream of activity. At first, the people are strangers... See full summary »

Director: Ramona S. Diaz

Votes: 6

8. Plastic China (2017)

86 min | Documentary

8.6
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A portrait of poverty, ambition and hope set in a world of waste.

Director: Jiuliang Wang

Votes: 68

9. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World (2017)

103 min

8.4
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This powerful documentary about the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history-featuring some of the greatest music stars of our time-exposes a critical missing chapter, ... See full summary »

Directors: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana | Stars: George Clinton, David Fricke, Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones

Votes: 11

10. Tokyo Idols (2017)

90 min | Documentary, Music

8.2
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Girl bands and their pop music permeate every moment of Japanese life. Following an aspiring pop singer and her fans, Tokyo Idols explores a cultural phenomenon driven by an obsession with ... See full summary »

Director: Kyoko Miyake

Votes: 8

11. Winnie (2017)

Documentary

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While her husband served a life sentence, paradoxically kept safe and morally uncontaminated, Winnie Mandela rode the raw violence of apartheid, fighting on the front line and underground. ... See full summary »

Director: Pascale Lamche

12. The Workers Cup (2017)

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Inside Qatar's labor camps, African and Asian migrant workers building the facilities of the 2022 World Cup compete in a football tournament of their own.

Director: Adam Sobel

Votes: 10