Sundance 2016: World Cinema Documentary Competition

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1. All These Sleepless Nights (2016)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Drama

70 Metascore

A new era is coming, and Warsaw stands uncomfortably at its edge. Art school classmates Christopher and Michal, on the precipice of their own coming of age, restlessly roam their city's ... See full summary »

Director: Michal Marczak | Stars: Krzysztof Baginski, Michal Huszcza, Eva Lebuef, Natalia Atmanska

Votes: 1,217 | Gross: $0.02M

2. A Flag Without a Country (2015)

97 min | Documentary

A documentary about Kurds, middle-east war and "Kurdistan", a nation with about 45m population and still without a country.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Nariman Anwar, Helly Luv

Votes: 143

3. Hooligan Sparrow (2016)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

State surveillance. Harassment. Imprisonment. Human rights activist Ye Haiyan, AKA Sparrow, knew she faced these risks when she went to Hainan Province to seek justice for six elementary ... See full summary »

Director: Nanfu Wang | Stars: Ye Haiyan, Huang, Wang Jianfen, Tang Jitian

Votes: 333

4. The Land of the Enlightened (2016)

87 min | Documentary, Drama, War

A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops ... See full summary »

Director: Pieter-Jan De Pue | Stars: Gholam Nasir, Khyrgyz Baj, Noor, Zulfu

Votes: 508

5. The Lovers & the Despot (2016)

Unrated | 98 min | Documentary, Thriller

65 Metascore

The story of the South Korean actor, Choi Eun-hee, and her ex-husband and film director, Shin Sang-ok, who were individually kidnapped and reunited by dictator and film fan Kim Jong-il to force them to develop North Korea's film industry.

Directors: Ross Adam, Robert Cannan | Stars: Eun-hie Choi, Paul Courtenay Hyu, Sang-ok Shin

Votes: 817 | Gross: $0.06M

6. Plaza de la Soledad (2016)

78 min | Documentary

This Documentary shows the life of four third age prostitutes working at one of the most poor neighborhoods of Mexico City.

Director: Maya Goded

Votes: 112

7. The Settlers (2016)

107 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

An intimate look at life inside the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Director: Shimon Dotan

Votes: 171

8. Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016)

76 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

Trace the rise of contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang from childhood in Mao's China to global art world superstar, and join his quest to realize his lifelong obsession: Sky Ladder.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Ian Buruma, Guo-Qiang Cai, Wen-You Cai, Wenhao Cai

Votes: 917

9. Sonita (2015)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.

Director: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami | Stars: Sonita Alizadeh, Latifah Alizadeh, Fadia Alizadeh, Ahmad Ahmadi

Votes: 704

10. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 14,228 | Gross: $0.61M

11. We Are X (2016)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

64 Metascore

A documentary film about the legendary Japanese rock band X JAPAN.

Director: Stephen Kijak | Stars: Yoshiki, Hiroshi Morie, Sugizo, Toshimitsu Deyama

Votes: 794 | Gross: $0.05M

12. When Two Worlds Collide (2016)

103 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

An indigenous environmental activist takes on the large businesses that are destroying the Amazon.

Directors: Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel

Votes: 389 | Gross: $0.01M



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