Sundance 2017: U.S. Documentary Competition

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1. Casting JonBenet (2017)

80 min | Documentary

7.5
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74 Metascore

The unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey remains the world's most sensational child murder case. Over 15 months, responses, reflections and performances were... See full summary »

Director: Kitty Green | Stars: Hannah Cagwin, Aeona Cruz, Liv Bagley, Shylee Sagle

Votes: 96

2. Chasing Coral (2017)

93 min | Documentary

8.6
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84 Metascore

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Director: Jeff Orlowski | Stars: Andrew Ackerman, Pim Bongaerts, Neal Cantin, Phil Dustan

Votes: 21

3. City of Ghosts (2017)

90 min | Documentary, War

8.3
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92 Metascore

A documentary that follows the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Heineman

Votes: 47

4. Dina (2017)

101 min | Documentary

8.1
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81 Metascore

An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story.

Directors: Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles | Stars: Dina Buno, Scott Levin

Votes: 26

5. Dolores (2017)

95 min | Documentary, Biography, History

9.6
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Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions by starting the country's first farm worker's union with fellow organizer Cesar Chavez. What starts out as a struggle for racial and labor ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Bratt

Votes: 7

6. The Force (2017)

80 min | Documentary

7.7
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THE FORCE goes inside an embattled urban police department struggling to rebuild trust in one of America's most violent yet promising cities.

Director: Peter Nicks

Votes: 23

7. Icarus (I) (2017)

Documentary, Thriller

8.2
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70 Metascore

Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2017 Winner: Sundance Film Festival 2017 - "The Orwell Award"

Director: Bryan Fogel | Stars: Bryan Fogel, Grigory Rodchenkov

Votes: 37

8. The New Radical (2017)

Documentary

8.0
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Uncompromising millennial radicals from the United States and the United Kingdom attack the system through dangerous technological means, which evolves into a high-stakes game with world ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Bhala Lough | Stars: Amir Taaki, Cody Wilson

Votes: 6

9. Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and Trials of a Free Press (2017)

95 min | Documentary

8.2
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The trial between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media pitted privacy rights against freedom of the press, and raised important questions about how big money can silence media. This film is an ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Knappenberger

Votes: 24

10. Quest (III) (2017)

90 min | Documentary

8.3
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Filmed over a decade, 'Quest: the Fury and the Sound' was originally planned as a documentary portrait of the Rainey family and their home music studio, which serves as a special sanctuary ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Olshefski

Votes: 15

11. Step (2017)

PG | 83 min | Documentary

6.8
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90 Metascore

STEP documents the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.

Director: Amanda Lipitz | Stars: Paula Dofat, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon

Votes: 49

12. Strong Island (2017)

107 min | Documentary

7.0
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Examining the violent death of the filmmaker's brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free, this documentary interrogates murderous fear and racialized perception, ... See full summary »

Director: Yance Ford

Votes: 33

13. Trophy (2017)

108 min | Documentary

8.6
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82 Metascore

This in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.

Directors: Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz

Votes: 20

14. Unrest (2017)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

8.0
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A woman describes her life stricken with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, surrounded by people who refuse to take her condition seriously.

Director: Jennifer Brea | Stars: Jennifer Brea, Omar Wasow, Jessica l e Taylor, Samuel Bearman

Votes: 29

15. Water & Power: A California Heist (2017)

PG | 87 min | Documentary

7.4
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In California's complex water system, a handful of corporate land owners took advantage of a state-engineered system and gained control of the state's most precious public resource, while drought left local homeowners with dry wells.

Director: Marina Zenovich

Votes: 48

16. Whose Streets? (2017)

90 min | Documentary

7.1
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81 Metascore

Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at how the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement.

Directors: Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis

Votes: 10