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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

Alma Matters review: Netflix docuseries on IITs is insular, with a tunnel vision like its subjects
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Alma Matters review: Netflix docuseries on IITs is insular, with a tunnel vision like its subjects

Alma Matters fails to reach for anything beyond the simplest psychological truths about kids trying to navigate through a one-stop-shop for a better life

Crime of the Century: Alex Gibney on his upcoming documentary and the story of the opioid epidemic
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Crime of the Century: Alex Gibney on his upcoming documentary and the story of the opioid epidemic

The role of the Sackler family and their company, Purdue Pharma, in developing the prescription painkiller OxyContin is familiar territory. Gibney’s film digs into the aftermath, including the push to get doctors to overprescribe the medication and the company’s use of former government regulators to cripple serious oversight.

A new documentary offers a deep dive into the preservation and restoration of Raja Ravi Varma's artworks
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A new documentary offers a deep dive into the preservation and restoration of Raja Ravi Varma's artworks

Featuring Rupika Chawla, art restorer, conservator and historian, the documentary, titled Raja Ravi Varma: Restoring A Master's Glory has been made by Fulbright filmmaker Dr Anandana Kapur, an award-winning director and educationist.

Dave Grohl's What Drives Us is an emotional documentary about the power of live music and the pain of its absence
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Dave Grohl's What Drives Us is an emotional documentary about the power of live music and the pain of its absence

The documentary centers on an experience common to most musicians, certainly rock bands. At some point they take the figurative leap of getting into a van with band members and bringing their music on the road.

Searching for Sheela review: Netflix docu investigates whether the enigmatic woman has moved on from her murky past
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Searching for Sheela review: Netflix docu investigates whether the enigmatic woman has moved on from her murky past

We only understand Sheela better through the dichotomies of views around her, and true to her illusive infamy, she lives up to her noncommittal status, clinically veiling it as the whole truth.

From Fabulous Lives to Searching For Sheela: Creative head Aneesha Baig on Dharmatic's diverse non-fiction slate
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From Fabulous Lives to Searching For Sheela: Creative head Aneesha Baig on Dharmatic's diverse non-fiction slate

"Dharmatic was opened to do things that aren't done at Dharma — not in a competitive kind of way, but a bolstering, cross-pollinating, dynamic kind of way," says Aneesha Baig, Creative Head, Non-Fiction.

Oscars 2021: Garrett Bradley's intimate, haunting documentary Time spans 18 short years in 81 long minutes
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Oscars 2021: Garrett Bradley's intimate, haunting documentary Time spans 18 short years in 81 long minutes

Time is an encapsulation of both the power of fierce love as well as the pain of memory – of months and years slipping by excruciatingly slow, and simultaneously a little too fast.

Netflix true crime docu Why Did You Kill Me? raises more questions about justice, vengeance and vigilantism than it answers
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Netflix true crime docu Why Did You Kill Me? raises more questions about justice, vengeance and vigilantism than it answers

The case the documentary explores is the 2006 murder of a 24-year-old Riverside, California, resident — Crystal Theobald — in a drive-by shooting near her home.

This is a Robbery review: Netflix docuseries is diligent, old-fashioned, and refreshingly free of bombast
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This is a Robbery review: Netflix docuseries is diligent, old-fashioned, and refreshingly free of bombast

This is a Robbery delivers what it promised — a simple, well-told story that does its best to unpack one of America’s most intriguing, unsolved crimes