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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.

Review: 'These Birds Walk' Authentic, Poignant Doc On Pakistani Runaways & Youth Home

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • November 27, 2013 3:32 PM
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At daybreak twilight, an unsteady camera captures a young boy Omar running to the ocean and his wordless reveling at reaching the water, these opening shots bordering on Malickian. As with most moments of pure joy and freedom, it's not to last as we see him taken into police custody and then to a youth home, the central subject of Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq's "These Birds Walk."

Exclusive: New Poster & Clip From Festival Favorite 'These Birds Walk'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 4:51 PM
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Some independent films jump right out of the gate at Sundance, take another big step to Cannes, take in all kinds of critical acclaim and then roll into theaters before you know it. Others need to carve a more patient, but no less rewarding path, and that has been the case for "These Birds Will Walk." It has spent the year traveling the festival circuit, hitting True/False, SXSW, BAM Cinemafest, Hot Docs and much more, picking up trophies along the way including the Minneapolis Best Documentary Award, Nashville Special Jury Prize and the Little Rock Social Impact Award. And now, it's gearing up to arrive in cinemas later this fall.

Exclusive: Clip From SXSW Docu-Drama 'These Birds Walk'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 2:58 PM
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As you might've guessed from our ongoing crystal ball look at what and who could be the Oscar contenders for next year, we've been focusing on the major categories thus far, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress. And while we won't get to it, one category that always has plethora of strong competitors is the Best Documentary category. Could "These Birds Walk" be one that's talked about twelve months from now?

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