New York City’s documentary film festival was November 13th-21st! This year DOC NYC was held at the IFC Center and the SVA Theater. DOC NYC feeds society’s need for a more sophisticated and intellectual film experience and as stated on their website, aims to “curate, cross fertilize, cross generations, cultivate new audiences, expand distribution, create social space [and] make the most of NYC.” The festival contains tons of films from all over the world, but here are the best international films we highly recommend seeing!
1. Brave Miss World - BioDoc, USA/Israel/South Africa/Italy
Director Cecilia Peck brings the dramatic and heartbreaking story of Linor Abargil to the big screen. Abargil was crowned Miss World six weeks after she was abducted, stabbed, and raped in Italy. She turns her personal tragedy into activism and the fillm explores her journey to becoming a lawyer while exploring other rape victims’ stories. Brave Miss World earned a 7.5/10 on IMDb.
2. Touba - History/Doc, USA/Senegal
Touba chronicles a side of Muslim life that is rarely seen by the Western world by bringing us inside the Mouride Brotherhood, one of the largest communities of Sufi Muslims in the world. In the film, this community embarks on their yearly pilgrimage to the city of Touba in Senegal. Filmed on stunning 16mm, this documentary brings us closer to Sufi Muslims than ever before. IMDb gave the film a 6.2/10.
3. The Manor - Doc, Canada
This surprisingly hilarious and intimate film gives a portrait of a dysfunctional Jewish family that has run a stripclub/motel for a number of years. The director, Shawney Cohen, is thrown in the middle when his family calls him back to help them with the operation. The Manor received a 7.1/10 on IMDb.
4. The Stuart Hall Project - BioDoc/History, UK
The Stuart Hall Project chronicles the life and times of Rhodes Scholar Stuart Hall, a cultural theorist from Jamaica. His contemporaries include Noam Chomsky, Alan Ginsberg and many other public intellectuals but he is the only one still alive after the radical social upheavals of the 20th century. This film will take you on a powerful journey. IMDb gave it 6.3/10.