Sundance 2017: U.S. Documentary Competition

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1. Casting JonBenet (2017)

TV-14 | 80 min | Documentary

6.1
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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: 3,309

2. Chasing Coral (2017)

93 min | Documentary

8.1
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86 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: 2,409

3. City of Ghosts (2017)

R | 92 min | Documentary, War

7.5
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86 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 | Stars: Hamoud Almousa, Hussam, Mohamad Almusari, Hassan

Votes: 2,216 | Gross: $0.13M

4. Dina (2017)

Not Rated | 103 min | Documentary

7.4
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75 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, Frank Costanzo, Jeannie Levin

Votes: 559 | Gross: $0.09M

5. Dolores (I) (2017)

95 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.0
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81 Metascore

In the 1950's, a working-class wife and mother of eleven children helps to establish a farmer's union, which later develops into a platform for feminism and gender equality.

Director: Peter Bratt | Stars: Hillary Clinton, Angela Davis, Dolores Huerta, Gloria Steinem

Votes: 201 | Gross: $0.56M

6. The Force (2017)

92 min | Documentary

6.8
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80 Metascore

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 | Stars: Cat Brooks, Jonathan Cairo, Ben McBride, Johnna Watson

Votes: 402 | Gross: $0.06M

7. Icarus (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 121 min | Documentary, Sport, Thriller

7.9
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68 Metascore

When Bryan Fogel sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Fogel | Stars: Thomas Bach, Sebastian Coe, Bryan Fogel, Nikita Kamaev

Votes: 21,517

8. The New Radical (2017)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary

6.8
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67 Metascore

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: Julian Assange, Amir Taaki, Cody Wilson

Votes: 44

9. Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (2017)

TV-14 | 95 min | Documentary

6.5
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68 Metascore

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 | Stars: Nick Denton, Hulk Hogan, Donald Trump

Votes: 2,593

10. Quest (II) (2017)

104 min | Documentary, Family, Music

7.3
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88 Metascore

A husband and wife live in an impoverished neighborhood in north Philadelphia while they raise their daughter and run a recording studio in their basement.

Director: Jonathan Olshefski | Stars: Christopher Rainey, Christine'a Rainey, P.J. Rainey, William Withers

Votes: 146 | Gross: $0.05M

11. Step (2017)

PG | 84 min | Documentary

6.8
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81 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: Gari McIntyre, Amanda Leonard, Blessin Giraldo, Chevonne Hall

Votes: 629 | Gross: $1.15M

12. Strong Island (2017)

TV-MA | 107 min | Documentary

6.4
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86 Metascore

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 | Stars: Yance Ford, Harvey Walker, Kevin Myers, Lauren Ford

Votes: 2,419

13. Trophy (2017)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

7.3
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80 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 | Stars: Philip Glass, Christo Gomes, John Hume

Votes: 391 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Unrest (I) (2017)

98 min | Documentary, Drama, History

8.0
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80 Metascore

When Harvard Ph.D. student Jennifer Brea is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden, she sets out on a virtual journey to document her story as she fights a disease that medicine forgot.

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

Votes: 1,838 | Gross: $0.04M

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: 173

16. Whose Streets? (2017)

R | 90 min | Documentary

4.9
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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 | Stars: Lezley McSpadden, Michael Brown Sr., David Whitt, Montague Simmons

Votes: 843 | Gross: $0.18M