17 Documentaries Leaving Topic in October & November

10.2.2022
1. Atari: Game OverUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 6 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 13th

Explores the fabled urban legend known as “The Great Video Game Burial of 1983”. As the story goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with an overwhelmingly negative response to the E.T. video game, disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in a small New Mexico town. For decades, the myth of these cartridges was whispered about among game fans. Director Zak Penn and his team headed to the landfill where they were supposedly buried to determine whether the story had merit.

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2. BB King: Life of RileyUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 36 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 13th

Tells the story of how an oppressed and orphaned young man came to earn the unmitigated praise of the music industry only to later carry the title: ‘King of the Blues’. Narrated by Morgan Freeman. With Barack Obama, Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger.

3. Biggie and TupacUnited KingdomDocumentary1 Hour 48 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 13th

A no holds barred investigation into the still unsolved murders of two of the biggest superstars rap has ever produced; Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls, and Tupac Shakur. Answering the calls for justice from Biggie’s mother, director Nick Broomfield hits the streets, putting his own life at risk as he uncovers sensational new evidence that points directly to the involvement of the LAPD and imprisoned Death Row records co-founder Marion ‘Suge’ Knight in the slayings that shocked the world.

4. Everybody StreetUnited StatesDocumentary60 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 13th

Celebrated filmmaker and photographer Cheryl Dunn turns her lens on the pioneers and masters of New York street photography. Dunn profiles artists spanning six decades, including Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen, Jill Freedman, Jeff Mermelstein and Martha Cooper, revealing that these shooters are as colourful and unique as the subjects they’ve documented. The definitive look at the iconic visionaries of this art form that pays tribute to the spirit of New York City street photography.

5. Janis: Little Girl BlueUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 43 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 13th

Through electrifying archival footage, exclusive interviews and rare personal letters, this documentary examines the meteoric rise and untimely fall of one of the most iconic and influential rock ‘n’ roll singers of all time: Janis Joplin. This award-winning documentary is directed by Oscar-nominee Amy Berg, produced by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney and features legendary musicians.

6. Lost in FranceIrelandDocumentary1 Hour 36 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 13th

The exhilarating documentary from Niall McCann, explores the rise of this Glaswegian music scene, revisiting a defining, chaotic trip to France in the musicians’ early careers. Featuring a stunning mix of live performances and frequently hilarious interviews, the film reunites key label personnel in an intimate exploration of friendship, memory and making music. On the journey, we revisit a defining, chaotic trip early in the musicians’ careers.

7. Adele's WishCanadaDocumentary55 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 30th

The story behind the world's most valuable painting, the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. The film recounts the struggle of 92 year old Maria Altmann, who sued Austria to recover Klimt paintings stolen from her family in Vienna by the Nazis in 1938.

8. Getting High for God (Mawaan Rizwan)United KingdomDocumentary52 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 30th

Mawaan was brought up in a religious family but no longer practices. He visits religious movements in North and South America which use powerful psychoactive drugs they claim gives them access to the almighty. Will drugs bring him closer to God?

9. How Gay is Pakistan? (Mawaan Rizwan)United KingdomDocumentary51 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 30th

Mawaan Rizwan asks what life is really like for gay people in Pakistan, where homosexuality is illegal and considered by some as a disease. In this revealing journey to the country of his birth, Mawaan meets people living gay and transgender lives despite constant fear of persecution. He discovers a fascinating and shocking private world where sex between men is surprisingly common, but where LGBT rights are limited.

10. Southwest of SalemUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 31 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 30th

After being wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls during the Satanic Panic witchhunt of the 80s and 90s, four Latina lesbians fight against mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor in this now-classic gay rights 'True Crime' tale that helped exonerate the 'San Antonio Four'. The film received a Peabody Award, a GLAAD award for 'Outstanding Documentary', and a Critic's Choice Award for 'Best First Feature'.

11. The Family I HadUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 20 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 30th

A mother recalls how her brilliant teenage son came to shatter their idyllic family through one unthinkable act. Now, left to pick up the pieces, the survivors test the boundaries of their newly defined reality in this moving true crime story.

12. The WitnessUnited KingdomDocumentary1 Hour 30 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 30th

In 1964, when Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death near her Kew Gardens, Queens apartment, news coverage of the murder stated that 38 people in Kitty’s neighborhood witnessed the crime and failed to do anything about it. The crime became the face of urban apathy, condemned a city and defined an era. 40 years later, Genovese’s brother Bill decided to investigate the infamous murder to learn what actually happened

13. Black MotherUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 17 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 31st

Part film, part baptism, director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual journey through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, Allah introduces us to a succession of vividly rendered souls who call this island home. From red light districts to lush rain-forests, 'Black Mother' is a loving and lyrical ode to Jamaica and its people, a visual poem that is at once deeply felt love letter and ecstatic street-corner prayer.

14. BuddyNetherlandsDocumentary1 Hour 26 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 31st

In this delightful documentary about six amazing service dogs and their heroic owners, legendary filmmaker Heddy Honigmann explores the close bond between animal and human. Whether grabbing a sheet of paper from a printer, helping to push in a syringe, comforting a veteran with PTSD while he sleeps, or simply being a friend to a child with autism, Honigmann captures the beautiful, intimate moments that define these relationships.

15. LethemUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 31 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 31st

A portrait of the life and work of writer Jonathan Lethem. Using the urban landscapes of New York and images of the American road from Maine to California, the film suggests the array of cultural influences that inform the author's life and work.

16. Railway SleepersThailandDocumentary1 Hour 42 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 31st

Shot over 8 years on Thailand’s railway system, this documentary offers an unprecedented immersion into the country’s past and present while contemplating an ever-shifting society whose railway plays an economic and psychological role in its history.

17. Worlds of Ursula K. Le GuinUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 9 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 31st

Produced over the course of a decade, this documentary is a visual journey through the work of renowned fantasy and sci-fi writer Ursula K. Le Guin’s as she comes into her own as a feminist author, inspiring other marginalized writers along the way.

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