Film Guide 2021

Section
World Cinema Documentary

Examining true stories from across the globe, this eye-opening section looks at a changing world and the individuals helping to shape it. Ranging from headline-grabbing events to small-scale human portraits, these documentaries encapsulate our world in consistently surprising and eclectic ways.

BERNSTEIN’S WALL

2021 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 100 min Douglas Tirola’s thrilling documentary portrait of famed composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein expertly tells the story of an immigrant son who became a phenom as the visionary and exuberant co …

Directed by Douglas Tirola

BILL MAULDIN: “IF IT’S BIG, HIT IT”

2021 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 108 min World Premiere During his long and storied career, famed political cartoonist Bill Mauldin consistently questioned the privilege he witnessed in American politics, and used his artistry and wit to provide commenta …

Directed by Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce

FOUND

2021 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 98 min World Premiere Three American teenage girls, each adopted from China, come across a life-changing discovery after a commercial DNA service informs them that they are cousins. The online reunion sparks a burning de …

Directed by Amanda Lipitz

INTRODUCING, SELMA BLAIR

2021 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 89 min East Coast Premiere Startlingly honest and candid, INTRODUCING, SELMA BLAIR offers the viewer an unprecedented glimpse into the life of the celebrated actress and activist. Following Blair as she reckons with the next …

Directed by Rachel Fleit

JULIA

2021 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 95 min JULIA brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage …

Directed by Julie Cohen, Betsy West

LISTENING TO KENNY G

2021 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 97 min New York Premiere LISTENING TO KENNY G explores why some people hate Kenny G’s music and why so many more people can’t get enough. With her signature wit and provocative flair, documentary filmmaker Penny Lane (H …

Directed by Penny Lane

THE RESCUE

2021 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 114 min In the summer of 2018, the world stood watch as 12 young soccer teammates were trapped in a cave in northern Thailand. Flooded passageways left rescue crews at a loss, until they sought help from ca …

Directed by E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin

STORM LAKE

2021 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 86 min Dark clouds hang over the cornfields of Storm Lake, Iowa, which has seen its share of change in the 40 years since Big Agriculture came to town. Farmers blow their life savings on new equipment they …

Directed by Jerry Risius, Beth Levison

USERS

2021 World Cinema Documentary | documentary feature | 81 min East Coast Premiere In her latest visionary work, which earned her the Best Documentary Director Award at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker and MacArthur “Genius” grantee Natalia Almada takes us on a philo …

Directed by Natalia Almada