U.S. Documentary Competition

Sixteen world-premiere American documentaries that illuminate the ideas, people, and events that shape the present day.
Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory

Audience Award: U.S. Documentary presented by Acura As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory reveals a remarkable,… »

All the Beautiful Things

All the Beautiful Things describes the palpable and uniquely portrayed real-life experience of two men seeking to repair their lifelong, but fractured, bond. Looking to move… »

CAPTIVATED The Trials of Pamela Smart

A small-town murder in New England became one of the highest-profile cases of the twentieth century. As the first fully televised court case, the Pamela Smart trial rattled… »

The Case Against 8

Directing Award: U. S. Documentary Election Day 2008: Californians passed Proposition 8, a measure that repealed the right of same-sex couples to marry. This documentary… »

Cesar's Last Fast

In 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be his last act of protest in his remarkable life. Driven in part to pay penance for feeling he had not done enough, Chavez began… »

Dinosaur 13

On August 12, 1990, in the badlands of South Dakota, paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute unearthed the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus… »

E-TEAM

Cinematography Award: U. S. Documentary When atrocities are committed in countries held hostage by ruthless dictators, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies… »

Fed Up

Upending the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up unearths a dirty secret of the American food industry—far more of us get sick from what… »

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

As a teenager, Aaron Swartz was a computer-programming prodigy with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. After emerging as a pioneer of Internet activism, education, and… »