Tribeca 2017: Spotlight Documentary

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Over the past 15 years, Tribeca has solidified itself as one of the preeminent documentary film destinations in the country. The Spotlight Documentary section‘s 16 high-profile world premieres represent the major stories and acclaimed filmmakers that will be making waves in 2017.

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1. ACORN and the Firestorm (2017)

84 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.7
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A hidden-camera video involving a fake prostitute threatens to destroy ACORN, America's largest grassroots anti-poverty organization. World Premiere Tribeca Film Festival.

Directors: Reuben Atlas, Samuel D. Pollard

Votes: 59

2. AlphaGo (2017)

90 min | Documentary

9.8
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With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of 'Go' has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. On March 9, ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Kohs | Stars: Ioannis Antonoglou, Lucas Baker, Nick Bostrom, Yoo Changhyuk

Votes: 20

3. Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World (2017)

84 min | Documentary

6.8
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Director: Barry Avrich | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Katherine Arnold, Amy Cappellazzo, Lisa Dennison

Votes: 9

4. ELIÁN (2017)

108 min | Documentary

7.3
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66 Metascore

Executive-produced by Alex Gibney, the doc shares the remarkable story of Elian Gonzalez, the 5-year-old Cuban boy plucked from the Florida Straits on Thanksgiving Day in 1999. After his ... See full summary »

Directors: Tim Golden, Ross McDonnell | Star: Raúl Esparza

Votes: 56

5. Get Me Roger Stone (2017)

TV-14 | 92 min | Documentary, Biography

7.5
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75 Metascore

A documentary exploring the life and career of notorious Republican dirty trickster and longtime Trump advisor, Roger Stone, who helped create the real-estate mogul's political career.

Directors: Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro, Morgan Pehme | Stars: Roger Stone, Donald J. Trump, Paul Manafort, Jeffrey Toobin

Votes: 2,620

6. Gilbert (2017)

94 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

8.8
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GILBERT is a wildly funny and unexpectedly poignant portrait of the life and career of one of comedy's most iconic figures, Gilbert Gottfried.

Director: Neil Berkeley | Stars: Gilbert Gottfried, Dave Attell, Joy Behar, Richard Belzer

Votes: 40

7. Hondros (2017)

86 min | Documentary, Biography, War

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HONDROS follows the life and career of famous war photographer Chris Hondros by exploring the poignant and often surprising stories behind this award-winning photojournalist's best-known ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Campbell

8. Frank Serpico (2017)

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Director: Antonino D'Ambrosio | Stars: Frank Serpico, Stanislao Pugliese, Janet Panetta, John O'Connor

9. A Gray State (2017)

93 min | Documentary

6.9
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Director: Erik Nelson | Stars: Mason Hendricks, Danny August Mason, Chris Peck, Adam Shambour

Votes: 14

10. Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS (2017)

R | 99 min | Documentary

7.5
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84 Metascore

A look at the current state of Syria amidst war and chaos in 2017, featuring stories of survival and observations by political experts from around the world.

Directors: Sebastian Junger, Nick Quested | Stars: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Amr Al-Azm, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Tareq Al-Hashemi

Votes: 306

11. I Am Evidence (2017)

89 min | Documentary

8.6
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An investigation into the way sexual assault cases are handled by police departments across the United States.

Directors: Trish Adlesic, Geeta Gandbhir

Votes: 14

12. LA 92 (2017)

R | 114 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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66 Metascore

A look at the events that led up to the 1992 uprising in Los Angeles following the Rodney King beating by the police.

Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin | Stars: Henry Alfaro, Danny Bakewell, John D. Barnett, Michael Bostic

Votes: 487

13. Wasted! The Story of Food Waste (2017)

85 min | Documentary | Post-production

Through the eyes of famous chefs, audiences will see how they make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.

Directors: Anna Chai, Nari Kye | Star: John Morgan

14. Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Music

6.5
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64 Metascore

Tells the story of Whitney Houston's extraordinary life and tragic death.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal | Stars: Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Bobby Brown, Robyn Crawford

Votes: 1,232

15. Year of the Scab (2017)

77 min | Documentary

8.2
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During the strike of the 1987 American football season, NFL owners look to fill their rosters with replacements of anyone willing to play, even if it means players risking their reputation by crossing a picket line.

Director: John Dorsey | Star: Mike Tanier

Votes: 14