In 1992, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, the documentary team that would go on to make the Paradise Lost trilogy of films, set out to cover the trial of the elderly Delbert Ward, accused of the murder of his brother, best friend and bedmate, Bill Ward, in their first feature length project.
Sean Donnelly directs a film about two obsessive fans of 80s pop starlet Tiffany.
Daniel Gordon writes and directs a very rare look inside North Korea, with a film that focuses on two young girls, Hyon Sun Pak and Song Yun Kim, and their arduous gymnastic training for the Mass Games. Set in the grimy and grim North Korean capital of Pyongyang, where housing is cramped and food is meagre, the girls train outdoors in freezing conditions for months on end.
Thirty-five year old Englishman Doug Bruce's episodic amnesia (in which the subject loses personal and factual memory, but not necessarily physical skills and language) is documented by his close friend Rupert Murray. The film is necessarily a complex exploration of identity, memory, and self, and both Bruce and Murray are very present as film-makers.
There were some hip teachers, some crotchety teachers, some bully teachers, some concerned parents, some incredulous parents, and a whole bunch of acne ridden kids. But Dylan was right, Frederick Wiseman's High School is a great compliment and contrast to American Teen (2008).
This film is about the North American Man / Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), so if you think a discussion of this topic will upset you, then please do not click through.
Nim Chimpsky, a Chimpanzee used in a language acquisition project by Colombia University's Herbert S. Terrace, is presented in a highly anthropomorphized manner in this film. Having never spent any time with a chimpanzee, I can only rely on a rational understanding that they are wild animals, and not hairy weird humans that remind of me of my cousins from Blenheim.
Dave Collett, who is on a very ambitious adventure right now (see DC On A Bike for details) recommended this film, having been to Antarctica himself. Werner Herzog writes, directs and (quite colourfully for a German) narrates a series of vignettes with the folks living and working across the vast and hostile continent.