A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer tracks his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
The documentary “Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” shines a spotlight on Ms. Allen and her academy as it prepares for the holiday classic.
Friday’s episode of “The New York Times Presents” is different: It was conceived, produced and edited entirely during the pandemic.
The new Showtime documentary aims to present a more complex view of John Belushi, the tragically fated star of “Animal House,” “The Blues Brothers” and “S.N.L.,” beyond the stunts and hard partying.
The shocking Romanian documentary “Collective” revisits a 2015 fire that killed scores of people and brought down the government.
A four-part Showtime documentary takes a hard look at Ronald Reagan’s presidency and sees a wrong turn.
The Indigenous American artist and filmmaker is the subject of two concurrent shows. His work “rivals in visual and linguistic beauty any new art I’ve seen in some time,” our critic says.
The filmmaker Manfred Kirchheimer excavates the sights — and constructs the sounds — of a lost New York.
Their neighbors carried out crimes against humanity — and were exposed for it.
Five Black women narrate a filmed rendition of Claudia Rankine’s heady play, which was rethought after an initial version was shut down by the pandemic.
Every month, subscription streaming services add a new batch of titles to their libraries. Here are our picks for November.
In his latest movie, the celebrated documentarian explores the ideas and ideals, the faces and spaces of Boston’s City Hall.
The director Steve James talked about his new docu-series, which uses the 2019 mayoral race and its tumultuous aftermath as the thread to stitch a larger American story.
The comments, made in a new documentary, are the strongest yet from a pontificate that has taken a more tolerant and inclusive tone.
They wanted to marry. But he’d taken a vow of celibacy.
The 2018 murders of Shanann Watts and her two young daughters in Colorado are the subject of a new Netflix documentary. Here’s how the case developed.
A number of movies, documentaries and TV mini-series that are coming out have immediate relevance to the 2020 election.
The prolific documentarian Alex Gibney and his two co-directors hope to have an impact on the election with “Totally Under Control.”
The idolized K-pop girl group takes center stage in this endearing documentary that emphasizes each member’s individuality.
In Garrett Bradley’s moving documentary, a woman fights for her family and justice as a husband and father’s absence reverberates.
The political consultant Luis A. Miranda Jr. almost gets his due in this HBO documentary.
Her actions have become legend in a small Czech town.
Garrett Bradley has made a documentary, “Time,” that stubbornly resists all the easy ways of thinking about incarceration in America.
From true-crime series to Oscar-winning movies, the streaming giant has gone all in on nonfiction filmmaking. Here are the ones you should check out.
After the Estonia sunk in a storm off Finland, investigators said that a bow door had been bashed in by heavy seas. But a new series has raised disturbing fresh details.
A new documentary explores the fascinating and sometimes troubled life of the famed neurologist.
When the coronavirus shut down clubs around the world, I found community in a queer dance party on Zoom.
An optimistic climate documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson argues for the healing power of soil, which could offer a solution to the climate crisis.
A docuseries on slavery through the lens of sunken slave ships that never reached their destination — ships that became mass graves of kidnapped Africans.
A giant new vessel, OceanXplorer, seeks to unveil the secrets of the abyss for a global audience.
In HBO’s “The Vow,” the self-help organization’s ringleader Keith Raniere has the unhinged charisma of an internet meme.
Two filmmakers were granted rare access to Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations. The Trump administration is now seeking to block the release of their documentary.
The heiress and proto-influencer says that she spent nearly two decades playing a character. Now she’s ready to be herself.
Bob Dylan, Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and more celebrate the 39th U.S. president in this documentary.
This documentary from Jeff Orlowski explores how addiction and privacy breaches are features, not bugs, of social media platforms.
The star of this short documentary calls himself ‘Catman.’
‘The New York Times Presents,’ on FX and Hulu, investigates recordings, 911 calls and over 1,500 pages of police records to reveal a clearer picture of the deadly botched raid.
Nominated for two Oscars, “Honeyland” charted the tensions between a hermitic beekeeper and her disorderly neighbors. Now the filmmakers are struggling to disentangle themselves from their subjects.
The Oscar-nominated documentarian Hubert Sauper explores vestiges of foreign presence in Cuba, from the ground up.
This Netflix documentary about the Paralympic Games, which spotlights a series of its most inspiring athletes, could double as an ad for the event.
I learned a lot from my time in the youth civics program — namely that I don’t want to commit my life to electoral politics.
“Mr. Soul!” spotlights Ellis Haizlip, the host of a show that gave Stevie Wonder, Wilson Pickett and James Baldwin a platform.
Employees of the radio station said they were shocked to see a colleague known as Paddy Duke in a new HBO documentary about the racist murder of a Brooklyn teenager in 1989.
Ai said the documentary film “Coronation,” which he directed remotely from Europe, “is trying to reflect what ordinary Chinese people went through.”
They include getting your own Netflix show. Nasser, a science journalist known for his work on “Radiolab,” talked about going on-camera for “Connected” and the importance of staying curious.
A documentary series about the history of video games debuts on Netflix. And a rivalry is rekindled at a magic-themed summer camp in a new Disney comedy.
Among the Aetherius Society’s key beliefs: selflessness and extraterrestrial life.
A palliative care doctor on finding a “good death” for children in the worst situations.
Interspersing found footage with original interviews, Ja’Tovia Gary makes poetic video works that elucidate the realities of racial injustice — and how the country might change.
His new album, “What Could Possibly Go Wrong,” dropped last week. Watch how he landed a multimillion-dollar record deal in a new Times documentary on FX and Hulu.