DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in the U.S., has announced this year’s official selection. This year the festival boasts 110 feature-length films, 44 percent of which are directed or co-directed by women, and a slate of over 250 films and events in total, of which the festival features 18 world premieres and 19 U.S. premieres.
The festival’s world premieres include City of Joy by Eve Ensler (creator of The Vagina Monologues), about a leadership community for women survivors of violence in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; Captive, a new Netflix series about hostage-taking; Every Brilliant Thing from HBO, about Jonny Donahoe’s comedy show about depression; and Rikers, a critical examination of the infamous New York prison.
The festival opens with Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, the story of legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs and her battle to save historic neighbourhoods in New York from devastating redevelopment plans in the 1960s, and closes with John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary.
13TH, Ava DuVernay’s film about mass incarceration in the U.S. which became the first documentary film to open the New York Film Festival this month, and Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare), winner of this year’s top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, will also screen at the festival.
‘Everyone loves a good story, and this year’s lineup puts some fantastic true-life storytelling on display, drawing from the worlds of music, sports, art, crime, activism, and more’, said the festival’s director of programming Basil Tsiokos in a statement.
DOC NYC runs from 10 to 17 November in Greenwich Village and Chelsea in Manhattan. Find the full lineup and ticket information here. ■
Featured Image: Jane Jacobs in ‘Citizen Jane: Battle for the City’. Altimeter Films.