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An appetizing documentary in every sense, Jiro Dreams of Sushi follows 85-year-old master sushi chef Jiro Ono, paying lushly photographed homage to the process of preparing the artisan sushi that earned Ono's esteemed Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant three Michelin stars. From the complicated relationship between Jiro and his sons to the ins and outs of the tuna auction, this spirited film profiles all aspects of Jiro's craft in tantalizing style and detail.
Joan Rivers is the undisputed queen of American comedy, and at 76 years old, with a career spanning five decades, she shows no sign of slowing down. Following Rivers over the course of a year, A Piece of Work reveals the fascinating combination of vulnerability and irreverence behind the public figure in this endlessly entertaining, quintessential profile of an icon. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Featuring never-before-seen footage, Nelson delivers a startling new look at the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted punch. You may think you know the story, but Nelson uncovers fresh information that will leave you spellbound. | Read MoreDocumentary
Jamal and Sharma document the 2002 murder of The Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl by Islamist militants in Karachi, Pakistan, building a narrative of two well-educated, passionate men, Pearl and militant Omar Sheikh, whose lives took very different turns prior to their tragic crossing of paths. An HBO Documentary Film. | Read MoreDocumentary
Academy Award®-nominee Don Cheadle and his family travel to Africa in order to examine the lives of northern Uganda's "night commuters." These are children who must flee their homes every night in order to avoid being kidnapped and forced to fight for the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which has abducted more than 30,000 children over the last two decades. This is the story of several of these children, as seen through the eyes of an American family. | Read MoreDocumentary
By day Eric Swain and Troy Bernier are a couple of mild-mannered, middle-aged desk jockeys from Florida, but their wildest dreams come to life after hours when they get together to make fantastical sci-fi movies with the help of a green screen, amateur actors, and retro-futuristic computer graphics. As they embark on their most ambitious production yet, this hip and heartwarming documentary shows how boundless imagination can hilariously stretch the limits of DIY moviemaking. | Read MoreDocumentary and Science Fiction
Egyptian-American comic and first-time director Ahmed Ahmed takes us on a hilarious tour from Los Angeles to Cairo, Dubai to Beirut, Riyadh to New York with a gaggle of other stand-up talent, including: Maz Jobrani, Tom Papa, Ted Alexandro, Tommy Davidson, and Omid Djalili (The Infidel). Along the way, taboos of culture and geopolitics are exploded, and a younger generation of both comedy talents and audiences is born. | Read MoreComedy and Documentary
Kassim "The Dream" Ouma went from Ugandan child soldier to world champion boxer. In this gripping tale of survival and determination, Kassim proves that even against all odds, a man can achieve his dreams and turn tragedy into inspiration. | Read MoreSports and Documentary
Trumpet legend Clark Terry has mentored jazz wonders like Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, but his most unlikely friendship is with Justin Kauflin, a 23-year-old blind piano player with uncanny talent but debilitating nerves. As Justin prepares for the most pivotal moment in his budding career, Terry’s ailing health threatens his own. Charming and nostalgic, Alan Hicks’ melodic debut celebrates an iconic musician while introducing an emerging star of equal vibrancy. | Read MoreDocumentary, Music, First Time Filmmaker