With theaters at 50 percent capacity, our critic found herself somewhat isolated as she took in highlights like “The Tsugua Diaries” and “Hold Your Fire.”
The lawyer, activist and minister made prescient arguments on gender, race and equality that influenced Thurgood Marshall and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
An absorbing account of the Iran-contra scandal avoids lecturing, but the lessons are unavoidable.
A group of older Cuban musicians recorded some of their favorite songs in 1996, and the album became an unlikely blockbuster. How do we hear it a quarter-century later?
A new four-part documentary series by Ken Burns paints a sweeping portrait of a man whose life intersected with many of modern America’s most profound changes.
One of the many legacies of Sept. 11 was a new era of conspiratorial thinking. This is a look at the online film that crystallized it.
For a new documentary, the director and the star’s daughter examine both his pioneering work and his misogyny, as well as a sexual assault conviction.
An episode of the eight-hour documentary series has drawn criticism for giving a platform to people who have long peddled debunked claims about what caused the towers to collapse.
As an investigative reporter, Jason Berry exposed the church’s systematic cover-up of sexual abuse. Somehow, it wasn’t enough.
“The Six,” a new documentary, attempts to track down the fate of Chinese sailors who survived the Titanic but were scattered by Western immigration laws.
In her latest documentary, the director of “One Child Nation” revisits the pandemic as it unfolded in China as well as in the United States.
What does love look like? This intimate short film captures the relationship between the artist Wilfrid Wood and his boyfriend-muse, Theo Adamson.
The composer and cornet player Bix Beiderbecke changed music forever in a very short life. A restored documentary from the ’80s goes into the details.
The film revisits Spain in 1992 from a less rosy vantage point than that year’s Olympics gave the world.
In 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell made an astounding discovery. But as a young woman in science, her role was overlooked.
An HBO documentary examines a music festival that went so far off the rails that it defined an era.
Stable, affordable housing was out of reach for a Bay Area family. In a new short film, see a personal account of building a home without a house.
This documentary on the interdisciplinary artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy makes the case that he should be a household name.
This documentary explores the incident on Jan. 18, 2019, when a high school student grinned and stared at a Native American demonstrator at a raucous Lincoln Memorial gathering.
Jörg Adolph uses the sensorial capacities of cinema to thrillingly visualize a German forester’s contention that trees are social, sentient beings.
Arnold’s new documentary, “Cow,” is one of the most moving films at Cannes. “A few times, I’ve just burst into tears about it,” she says.
One of fashion’s first top Arab models has a new documentary about the creative class in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Morgan Neville’s sharp and vividly compelling documentary tries to pin down a brilliant, troubled man.
This documentary sheds light on a prominent jazz musician whose death became a spectacle when it was discovered he was transgender.
The finishing touches were being put on a critical series examining Remnant Fellowship Church. Then the church’s founder was killed in an accident.
This new documentary takes its title from the acronym of WITCH, a once-popular Zambian combo.
For one thing, the award-winning reporter eats sardines and cottage cheese while on deadline. He’s also into Mario Kart.
Two documentaries take different approaches to their star subjects. One, about the actor Val Kilmer, prefers to be hands-off. The other, about Lou Reed, welcomes complications.
Lusia Harris led her team to three national championships, scored the first basket in women’s Olympic history and was an official draft pick in 1977.
While Ms. Spears addressed a judge remotely on Wednesday, fans and conservatorship activists were outside the courthouse, backing her up.
The director deftly constructs a dialogue between Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams.
“And So I Stayed” examines how the courts treat women who kill their abusers. The movie played a role in one case that resulted in freedom after a conviction.
The city’s government said it would block the distribution of films that are deemed to undermine national security, bringing the territory more in line with mainland Chinese rules.
After last year’s edition was postponed amid the pandemic, the event returns in person with a crowd-pleasing lineup brimming with stories of community.
The annual event, which has dropped “film” from its name, began after 9/11, as part of New York City’s comeback. Can it stage an encore this month?
An array of TV documentaries mark the centennial of one of America’s deadliest outbreaks of racist violence.
How would 1974 feel about that? Or 1965? A new eight-part documentary on Apple TV+ is the latest salvo in the record geek’s eternal debate.
Candid testimonies from World War II veterans accompanies vivid archival footage in this immersive documentary that showcases the myths we tell ourselves about war.
“Birding Bob” knows how to find the birds of New York City. But some people aren’t happy about how he does it.
Lawmakers passed a bill named for Javier Ambler II, who died in 2019 after officers arrested him in front of a “Live PD” television crew. If the governor signs it, this would mean the end of police cooperation with reality TV shows.
Bigger than a planet? Smaller than an atom? Size comparison videos are all the rage and may scratch a very old itch.
A remarkably intimate documentary intended to chronicle the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 150th anniversary ends up filming one of the most challenging years of its history, from the inside.
The filmmaker Luke Holland interviews a series of former Nazi functionaries in this unsettling study of complicity.
We comb through the streaming services to find some options you might have missed.
A.O. Scott critiqued her approach to comedy in a 2005 movie. Now they sit down to talk about what he got right and wrong, and why owning up to mistakes is freeing.
In this short film, the family of one of Spain’s earliest Covid-19 patients chronicles his battle.
The new Netflix series tapped years of scholarship and the life experience of its creators to chart how African Americans have shaped the country’s cuisine.
Researchers using enhanced, rare footage of a transport to a Nazi death camp have been able to identify some passengers, including children who survived.
The director’s new two-hour installment of “American Experience,” on PBS, examines the rise of the man who was arguably most responsible for the power of modern evangelism in the United States.
A documentary explores the Welsh farm-turned-studio, Rockfield, where Black Sabbath, the Stone Roses and others made music.