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The 15 Best Documentaries Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 11, 2013 2:40 PM
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2013: The Best Documentaries of The Year
To devotees of the medium like us, cinema has an unparalleled ability to give form and shape to previously unimagined worlds. But not all unimagined worlds are unreal, an infinite number, in fact, lurk all around us: the astounding personal history of a passerby; the human cost that the news headline crawling across our TV screen cannot capture; the treasure and trash and unclaimed bodies buried beneath our local shopping mall. But despite the unbelievable wealth of material available for it to mine, the documentary format (and we’ve been guilty of this too) has historically often been sweepingly generalized as narrative film’s less glamorous, workhorse sister.

'Act Of Killing,' 'The Armstrong Lie,' 'Stories We Tell' & More Make Oscar Documentary Shortlist

So the countdown continues toward the Oscars, with the potential nominees in the Documentary category now narrowed from 147 films to a slim 15. From here, only 5 will eventually make it to the Dolby Theater. Read More »

Exclusive: Chilling & Surreal Clip From Documentary 'God Loves Uganda'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 12:05 PM
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While in North America, the battle for equal rights for gays and lesbians has taken great strides, in Africa, just being gay can put your life in danger. And nowhere is this more evident than in Uganda, and director Roger Ross Williams (an Oscar winner for his documentary short "Music By Prudence") explores the intersection of religion and homosexuality in his forthcoming "God Loves Uganda."

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