Documentaries

Mauna Kea protestors. Black and white image of crowd with main shot of man with back to camera.

WATCH: The 50-Year History of Mismanagement at Hawai'i's Mauna Kea

In just six minutes, this film provides context for the recent protests at the sacred site.

Bryan Stevenson. Black man in gray jacket suit, black pants and tie, white shirt, standing on the steps of a courthouse.

EXCLUSIVE: Powerful Clip From HBO Doc on Bryan Stevenson's Liberatory Work

In “True Justice,” the Equal Justice Initiative founder connects the dots between enslavement and death sentences for Black people—and breaks down why he is committed to ending mass incarceration.

Laquan McDonald. A Black child in sepia tone smiles at the camera.

Watch the Trailer for Laquan McDonald Documentary, '16 Shots'

The Showtime documentary will examine the 17-year-old’s murder at the hands of the Chicago Police Department and the subsequent cover-up.

The sign for Harlem's Apollo theater lit up in red against a cityscape at night.

New Doc 'The Apollo' Tells the Story of Harlem's Most Iconic Theater

The HBO documentary screened as the opening selection for the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

A Latinx woman with long hair holds a microphone against a black backgtound, side view.

WATCH: New Doc Takes You Behind Scenes of AOC's Campaign

Netflix documentary “Knock Down the House” follows the grassroots campaigns of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three other women who ran for Congress in 2018.

Caron Butler. A Black man, side profile, talking while driving,

New Documentary Explores Racism in the War on Drugs

Caron Butler’s “The Green Dream” shines a light on the devastation faced by Black and Latinx people who are criminalized for marijuana in record numbers.

Lorraine Hansberry. Black-and-white image of Black woman in checkered shirt leaning on typewriter in front of lamp and artwork on walls

Peabody Awards Honors Documentary Films on Dolores Huerta, Lorraine Hansberry

Skateboarding film “Minding the Gap” also snagged a win.

Bright green marijuana leaves

Marijuana Doc 'Grass Is Greener' Highlights War on Black and Latinx Communities

Fab 5 Freddy’s directorial debut explores the history of weed in the United States, including its criminalization and impact on music.

Twon women hug outside the Emanuel AME Chucrh. To their right are flowers left for the victims.

WATCH: Trailer for Viola Davis and Steph Curry Documentary, 'Emanuel'

The new documentary follows the people whose lives were most impacted by the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

A Black Woman side view plans with her earring.

'Blowin’ Up' is a New Doc About a Court Room That Rules In Favor of Compassion

What happens when sex workers receive support rather than punishment? Everything. 

A young mixed race boy sits on he lap of his father while they both color on paper in a visiting area in jail.

New PBS Doc 'Tre Maison Dason' Explores Growing Up With An Incarcerated Parent

One in 14 American children has a parent who is currently, or was previously, in prison. “Tre Maison Dasan” follows three of these children.

Jeffrey Wright. Black man in close up with red, white and blue decorations behind him.

Jeffrey Wright-Narrated Doc 'Rigged' Highlights Voter Suppression Tactics

Wright: “I hope ‘Rigged’ sounds an alarm that wakes America up.”

Aretha Franklin. Black and white photo of a Black woman turned to the side with a short, curled bouffant hairstyle smoking a cigarette in front of a microphone.

Watch Aretha Shine in Trailer for 'Amazing Grace'

Buried for decades, the documentary hinges on the singer’s live performance at New Bethel Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972.

Performer Michael Jackson with curly hair in low ponytail wearing sunglasses and a gold studded black shirt and black pants standing on stage at a concert

Twitter Responds to Michael Jackson Doc, 'Leaving Neverland'

The new documentary centers on two men who allege that the pop star sexually abused them as boys.

Illustration of Black and Brown and White incarcerated men in brown uniforms in front of white light and dark blue room.

Incarcerated Men Document Their 'Hard Truth' Via Film

Men incarcerated at Pendleton Correctional Facility in Indiana co-directed “It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It,” which captures their education in documentary filmmaking.

Michael Jackson. Man with black hair and white bleached skin sits in black leather jacket and white shirt in front of brown wood courtroom wall

Sundance to Screen Doc On Michael Jackson's Alleged Child Sexual Abuse

“Leaving Neverland,” which revisits two men’s accusations that the artist abused them as boys, has prompted backlash from Jackson’s estate.

Tricia Joe. Asian girl in multicolored outfit with long black hair in front of beige wall with multicolored art and brown furniture

'The Claudia Kishi Club' Explores 'Baby-Sitters Club' Member's Influence on Asian America

In Sue Ding’s upcoming documentary, Asian-American artists discuss what the ultra-fashionable babysitter meant for their cultural representation.

Black man in black hat and leather jacket with white text in front of green grass and brown and grey and black houses

7 Films We're Excited to See After the Sundance Festival

Several narrative movies and documentaries about racial justice and identity are set to screen at the festival in 2019.

Aretha Franklin. Black woman with brown and blonde hair smiles in white dress in front of black wall with white text

ICYMI: After 46 Years, Aretha Franklin Doc to See Light of Day

“Amazing Grace,” which features sessions from the 1972 live gospel album of the same name, will premiere at DOC NYC.

Ava DuVernay. Black woman with black dredlocs in black dress in front of dark grey background with gold and white insignia and letters; Prince. Black man with black afro in light orange jumpsuit holds gold award statue in front of navy and brown screen

Ava DuVernay to Direct Prince Documentary

The filmmaker describes her next documentary subject as “a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses.”