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Kamakhya Narayan Singh on winning National Film Awards for Justice Delayed but Delivered, Article 370 and 35A
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Kamakhya Narayan Singh on winning National Film Awards for Justice Delayed but Delivered, Article 370 and 35A

In an interview with Firstpost, Kamakhya Narayan Singh talks about the emotional journey while making Justice Delayed but Delivered, how cinema and documentary can be a great medium to give voice to the voiceless, and more.

Our Father review: Netflix documentary is a biting indictment against the state of women’s reproductive rights
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Our Father review: Netflix documentary is a biting indictment against the state of women’s reproductive rights

Netflix's true-crime documentary Our Father is gripping — especially when it comes at a time when women’s reproductive rights continue to be a thorny subject across the world.

The Beatles and India review: Ajoy Bose's documentary is a tender exploration of band's time in the country
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The Beatles and India review: Ajoy Bose's documentary is a tender exploration of band's time in the country

What drew me in was Ajoy Bose's exploration of the cultural encounter between East and West – neither a clash, nor a picture of harmony, but fun, messy and real

Oscars 2022: Writing With Fire co-director Sushmit Ghosh's deep dive into making of the Khabar Lahariya documentary
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Oscars 2022: Writing With Fire co-director Sushmit Ghosh's deep dive into making of the Khabar Lahariya documentary

"It was their story, but then it also became ours," says Sushmit Ghosh, who directed along with Rintu Thomas Writing With Fire, Indian documentary nominated at Oscars 2022.

Oscars 2022: What makes Flee, Danish International Feature, a watershed in LGBTQ+ representation
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Oscars 2022: What makes Flee, Danish International Feature, a watershed in LGBTQ+ representation

Flee does not make a song and dance about self-disclosure and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people. Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen leans into it quietly, and with dignity.

Oscars 2022: Writing With Fire's nomination is just the first step in a long road to recognition of the Indian documentary
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Oscars 2022: Writing With Fire's nomination is just the first step in a long road to recognition of the Indian documentary

While Writing with Fire may go where no film in India ever has, it also inadvertently illuminates the sobering reality about the documentary genre in India. Because neither is the format considered an asset, nor is it even considered cinema.

Shaunak Sen on why his Sundance award-winning film All That Breathes is far more than an environmental documentary
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Shaunak Sen on why his Sundance award-winning film All That Breathes is far more than an environmental documentary

“I’m wary of bleeding-heart sentimentalism that tinges the discourse around environmentalism," says filmmaker Shaunak Sen, who feels All That Breathes, his documentary on kites in Delhi and their rescuers, is "an interspecies love story."

Cow review: Andrea Arnold's observational documentary is a curiously liberating study of bovine heart
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Cow review: Andrea Arnold's observational documentary is a curiously liberating study of bovine heart

Andrea Arnold follows Luma, a cow, for four years at an English dairy farm in this observational documentary – chronicling her daily life in stark detail. The result is a surprisingly moving allegory of feminine identity.

Urf, new documentary on celebrity lookalikes in India, traces the individual artists' to find their primary identities
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Urf, new documentary on celebrity lookalikes in India, traces the individual artists' to find their primary identities

Geetika Narang Abbasi’s documentary Urf, currently playing at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, underlines that the work of a lookalike comes with an expiry date, that at some point, the need to find one’s own identity takes precedence.

2021: The year that music documentaries changed the way we look at our favourite artists
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2021: The year that music documentaries changed the way we look at our favourite artists

Music documentaries become very engaging storytellers as they draw us deep into a world that we find so familiar because we are music fans, but so unfamiliar because there is only so much that we honestly know.

Fighting tigers, a limbless father holding his son, hunting pumas: Incredible winners of Siena International Photo Awards
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Fighting tigers, a limbless father holding his son, hunting pumas: Incredible winners of Siena International Photo Awards

The annual contest takes us on an emotional ride with its spectacular images, which were selected from hundreds and thousands of entries. Turkish photographer Mehmet Aslan was declared the overall winner with his ‘emotionally strong’ image of a father who had lost a leg holding his son, who was born without lower or upper limbs.

Britney Vs Spears on Netflix offers no new insight, instead capitalises on singer's court case
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Britney Vs Spears on Netflix offers no new insight, instead capitalises on singer's court case

Britney Vs Spears pales in comparison to its predecessors and builds a discombobulated snapshot of Spears’s situations.

'More madness and mayhem': Joe Exotic's Tiger King 2 to premiere on Netflix this year
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'More madness and mayhem': Joe Exotic's Tiger King 2 to premiere on Netflix this year

The brief teaser of Tiger King 2 features Joe Exotic apparently phoning in from prison, where he is serving his 22-year sentence.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas competition show The Activist to now be a documentary after backlash
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Priyanka Chopra Jonas competition show The Activist to now be a documentary after backlash

"Global activism centres on collaboration and cooperation, not competition," the makers of The Activist said after the TV series got flak for its celebration of "Insta-activism."

Blood Brothers review: Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X's old bond in new light
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Blood Brothers review: Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X's old bond in new light

The Netflix documentary paints Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X as unhinged victims, rather than powerful narrators, of the black rage lining the periphery of America’s White Supremacist movement.

Black Keys' Dan Auerbach to make directorial debut with documentary on Grammy-winning New Orleans musician Dr John
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Black Keys' Dan Auerbach to make directorial debut with documentary on Grammy-winning New Orleans musician Dr John

Dr John was known as the funky New Orleans “night-tripper” musician who blended several musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl. He was a six-time Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer who was a white man that found a home among Black New Orleans musicians.

Playing with Sharks: New documentary throws light on noted ocean explorer Valerie Taylor's encounters with the sea creatures
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Playing with Sharks: New documentary throws light on noted ocean explorer Valerie Taylor's encounters with the sea creatures

Playing with Sharks: The Valerie Taylor Story, directed by Sally Aitken, is about changing attitudes. The title itself is a nod to the positive association Taylor enjoys with sharks, who she regularly refers to as her “friends”.

Sergei Loznitsa’s State Funeral, streaming on MUBI, is a hypnotic postmortem of Stalin’s personality cult
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Sergei Loznitsa’s State Funeral, streaming on MUBI, is a hypnotic postmortem of Stalin’s personality cult

"Once meant to be an aesthetic deification of Stalin’s legacy, the tribute now feels like a startling satire on the doctrines of socialism."

P!nk: All I Know So Far director discusses capturing pop icon's forthright nature in Amazon Prime documentary
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P!nk: All I Know So Far director discusses capturing pop icon's forthright nature in Amazon Prime documentary

"Pink was unfiltered and let us shoot it all, and I think that's why the film has a real intimacy to it," director Michael Gracey

Discovery+ documentary Broken Harts provides only a shallow reading of a 2018 family tragedy
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Discovery+ documentary Broken Harts provides only a shallow reading of a 2018 family tragedy

The details of Broken Harts on Discovery Plus are juicy enough, but as the story continues, the investigation timeline starts to feel like superficial framing for the story