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Non-fiction features and programs, often stranger than fiction, and just as dramatic or comical…

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All American HighAll American High (1985-2014)
Dir. Keva Rosenfeld
Excellent 'time-capsule' account of a year at an affluent American High School in Los Angeles, California in 1984. The film's key character is an exchange student from Finland, and she provides a perspective that offers the film its crucial balance and poignance, but recommended also for those looking…
Notes on BlindnessNotes on Blindness (2016)
Dir. Pete Middleton, James Spinney
An extraordinary audio cassette diary of the deterioration of academic John Hull's eyesight provides the source material for this detailed and beautiful account of the interior experience of the sight-impaired.
DancerDancer (2016)
Dir. Steven Cantor
Documentary portrait of ex-pat Ukrainian Sergei Polunin, an extraordinary talent at the Royal Ballet who, at the age of 21, has an existential crisis while ascending on a dream to become a ballet superstar.
Life, AnimatedLife, Animated (2016)
Dir. Roger Ross Williams
The inspirational, unique story of Owen Suskind, a young man living with autism whose life is enriched by Disney animated films, and the unconditional support of his family. Unable to speak for years as a child, he slowly emerged from isolation through the character, dialogue and moral messaging of…
A Flickering TruthA Flickering Truth (2015)
Dir. Pietra Brettkelly
In documenting one man’s precarious quest to restore thousands of hours of film heritage in the post-Taliban Kabul, New Zealand filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly poignantly unveils the ravaged heart of contemporary Afghanistan and its forgotten history.
Poi E: The Story of Our SongPoi E: The Story of Our Song (2016)
Dir. Te Arepa Kahi
An aptly feel-good documentary account of the unlikely pop hit that boldly mashed up "Kapa Haka" song tradition and Te Reo Maori lyrics with funky hip-hop and 80's technology to reach Number 1 on the NZ charts and outsell all-comers in 1984 before being enshrined as a cultural icon. Centred around the…
Free to RunFree to Run (2015)
Dir. Pierre Morath
The social history of running is chronicled with extraordinary passion and depth in this examination of the trajectory of running from an elitist, male-only stadium sport to a reflection of social liberation and equity, through to it's commercialisation as a branded, corporate-controlled phenomenon.