As I wrap up my last documentary, Pride Denied, and am developing my next documentary on citizenship, I’ve decided to do an intensive review of art and experimental documentaries. On this list are films that I have seen and loved, as well as films I’ve yet to see (probably about a 50/50 split).

I’ve tried to develop a list that is diverse in terms of subject matter, form, and ethnic/gender/sexual positionalities of the directors themselves. However, this list is far from exhaustive and could still use considerable expansion, so please feel free to make suggestions in the comments!

I’ll try to post reviews as I watch.

Trinh DVCAM4-4R

Filmmaker Trinh. T. Minh-ha


  • 12th & Delaware, dir. Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady (2010)
  • 5 Broken Cameras, dir. Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi (2012)
  • A Place of Rage, dir. Pratibha Parmar (1991)
  • Breaking the Frame, dir. Marielle Nitoslawska (2014)
  • Burden of Dreams, dir. Les Blank (1982)
  • Capturing the Friedmans, dir. Andrew Jarecki (2003)
  • Cave of Dreams, dir. Werner Herzog (2013)
  • Citizenfour, dir. Laura Poitras (2014)
  • Close Up, dir. Abbas Kiarostami (1989)
  • Cutie and the Boxer, dir. Zachary Heinzerling (2013)
  • D’Est, dir. Chantal Akerman (1993)
  • Dark Days, dir. Marc Singer (2000)
  • David Holtzman’s Diary, dir. Jim McBride (1967)
  • F Is for Fake, dir. Orson Welles (1975)
  • Far From Vietnam, dir. Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Chris Marker, and Alain Resnais (1967)
  • Fig Trees, dir. John Greyson (2009)
  • Flag Wars, dir. Laura Poitras (2003)
  • From the Other Side, dir. Chantal Akerman (2002)
  • Grin without a Cat, dir. Chris Marker (1977)
  • Handsworth Songs, dir. John Akomfrah (1986)
  • Harlan County USA, dir. Barbara Kopple (1976)
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour, dir. Alain Resnais (1959)
  • Histoire(s) du cinéma, dir. Jean-Luc Godard (1988)
  • Iha de las Flores, dir. Jorge Furtado (1989)
  • Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, dir. Alanis Obomsawin (1993)
  • La Jolie Mai, dir. Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme (1963)
  • Land without Bread, dir. Luis Buñuel (1933)
  • Les Statues Meurent Aussi (The Statues Also Die), dir. Alain Resnais & Chris Marker (1953)
  • Looking for Langston, dir. Isaac Julien (1989)
  • Los Angeles Plays Itself, dir. Thom Anderson (2003)
  • Manakanama, dir. Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez (2013)
  • Maximum Tolerated Dose, dir. Karol Orzechowski (2012)
  • My Country, My Country, dir. Laura Poitras (2006)
  • Naked Spaces: Living Is Round, dir. Trinh T. Minh-ha (2006)
  • News From Home, dir. Chantal Akerman (1977)
  • Night and Fog, dir. Alain Resnais (1955)
  • Nitrate Kisses, dir. Barbara Hammer (1992)
  • No Home Movie, dir. Chantal Akerman (2015)
  • Nostalgia for the Light, dir. Patricio Guzmán (2010)
  • Portait of Jason, dir. Shirley Clarke (1967)
  • Reassemblage, dir. Trinh T. Minh-ha (1983)
  • Roger & Me, dir. Michael Moore (1989)
  • Sans Soliel, dir. Chris Marker (1982)
  • Slavery By Another Name, dir. Samuel D. Pollard (2012)
  • Stop The Pounding Heart, dir. Roberto Minervini (2013)
  • Sud, dir. Chantal Akerman (1999)
  • Surname Viet, Given Name Nam, dir. Trinh T. Minh-ha (1989)
  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm, dir. William Greaves (1968)
  • The Act of Killing, dir. Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn and anonymous (2010)
  • The Artist is Present, dir. Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre (2012)
  • The Battle of Chile, dir. Patricio Guzmán (1975)
  • The Beaches of Agnes, dir. Agnes Varda (2008)
  • “The Betrayal (Nerakhoon),” dir. Ellen Kuras (2008)
  • The Gleaners and I, dir. Agnes Varda (2000)
  • The House I Live In, dir. Eugene Jarecki (2012)
  • The Fourth Dimension, dir. Trinh-T. Minh-ha (2002)
  • The Oath, dir. Laura Poitras (2010)
  • The Salt of the Earth, dir. Wim Wenders (2014)
  • The Sixth Side of the Pentagon, dir. Chris Marker (1967)
  • The Sorrow and the Pity, dir. Marcel Ophüls (1969)
  • The Ties that Bind, dir. Su Friedrich (1985)
  • Tongues Untied, dir. Marlon Riggs (1989)
  • Trouble the Water, dir. Tia Lessin, Carl Deal (2008)
  • “Watch Out” (short in Women 88), dir. Tracey Moffat (1987)
  • Which Way Home, dir. Rebecca Cammisa (2009)
Read previous post:
Wedding or Prison? and the Privatization of Queer and Trans Sex

One of the major problems with the push for same-sex marriage, as I wrote about in somewhat more detail before,...