2017 End of Year Review – Part 1: The Top Documentaries of the Year

After merging documentaries in with traditional films last year, we’ve chosen to bring back a separate section. Here are 3 documentaries from 2017 we’d highly recommend checking out.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Al Gore’s follow up to his environmental documentary of 10 years ago, ‘An Inconvenient Truth‘, may lack the incendiary bite of the first film, but it’s a no less powerful call to arms to the world to wake up. Gore’s folksy charm is a good match for the hard hitting footage and whilst the film does over egg his involvement in the Paris Climate Change agreement, it’s a worthwhile catch up on where things are today.

I Am Not Your Negro

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Based on the unfinished manuscripts of the late African-American writer James Baldwin, ‘I Am Not Your Negro‘ is a powerful piece of work about the black experience in America, showing both how much progress has been made, yet also how much there is yet to go. Baldwin is an intelligent man and his musings on all things ranging from political events to pop culture are deeply insightful and this is an excellent documentary.

City of Ghosts

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City of Ghosts’ is a powerful documentary about a group of civilian activists who have been covertly covering the events in Raqqa, Syria, after their city was taken over by ISIS in 2014. The documentary depicts their efforts to cut through the ISIS propaganda and bring the true story of what is happening in Raqqa to the world, and it’s a vital movie about the importance of journalism and the bravery of the civilians who risked their lives to inform the world.

Narrowly missing this list: Zero Days

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