Documentaries

Documentaries

Explore our collection of documentary cinema: from early Soviet experiments to contemporary reflections. Our library includes avant-garde masterpieces from influential directors Mikhail Kalatozov and Dziga Vertov, as well as an extensive collection of titles from the proud documentary tradition of the Baltic states – including classics of the region’s “poetic documentary” tradition and modern-day reckonings with the history of the non-fiction image.

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Documentaries
  • The Dazzling Light of Sunset

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    Directed by Salomé Jashi • 2016 • Georgia

    Dariko and Khaka are the husband-and-wife team behind Jikha TV: an ultra-low-budget local news station in the remote Georgian town of Tsalenjikha. The pair run the station out of their own home, chasing down stories with a sense of professional pride tha...

  • Bridges of Time
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    Bridges of Time

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    Directed by Kristīne Briede and Audrius Stonys • 2018 • Latvia/Lithuania

    Acclaimed documentarians Kristīne Briede and Audrius Stonys honour their cinematic heritage in this meditative essay film about the “poetic documentary” school that came to define Baltic filmmaking. Emerging in the Soviet 1...

  • 5 Dreamers and a Horse

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    Directed by Vahagn Khachatryan and Aren Malakyan • 2022 • Armenia

    A group portrait that captures the hybrid nature of modern-day Armenia, Vahagn Khachatryan and Aren Malakyan’s dreamlike documentary explores the gaps between fantasy and reality in the lives of four characters. Karen is a farmer ...

  • 235 000 000
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    235 000 000

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    Directed by Uldis Brauns • 1967 • USSR/Latvia

    A landmark in the Baltic poetic documentary tradition, 235 000 000 is one of the most ambitious films of the Soviet 60s. Produced in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the October Revolution – the title refers to the nominal population of the...

  • Salt for Svanetia
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    Salt for Svanetia

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    Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov • 1930 • USSR/Georgia

    The directorial debut of Mikhail Kalatozov – who would go on to electrify Soviet cinema with his Palme d’Or-winning The Cranes are Flying – Salt for Svanetia is a groundbreaking work of radical ethnographic documentary. Capturing the lives of t...

  • What We Shared
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    What We Shared

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    Directed by Kamila Kuc • 2021 • Poland/Abkhazia

    Kamila Kuc’s radically empathetic exploration of the de facto Black Sea state of Abkhazia raises profound questions about displacement, memory, and trauma. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, a brutal war between separatist Abkhazia and the Geo...

  • Kristina
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    Kristina

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    Directed by Nikola Spasić • 2022 • Serbia

    Nikola Spasić’s thoughtful, tender docufiction hybrid follows Kristina, a transgender Serbian sex worker and amateur antiquarian. A series of chance encounters with a former theology student named Marko disrupts her carefully ordered life, while openin...

  • Enthusiasm
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    Enthusiasm

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    Directed by Dziga Vertov • 1931 • USSR/Ukraine

    A radical early sound film from the grandfather of non-fiction, Dziga Vertov’s Enthusiasm captures Ukraine’s Donbas in the throes of revolutionary transformation. Vertov’s vision of industrialisation in motion verges on abstract reverie, taking the ...

  • Is It Easy to be Young?

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    Directed by Juris Podnieks • 1986 • USSR/Latvia

    Hailed as “the first bird of perestroika” by Mikhail Gorbachev, Juris Podnieks’ cult classic documentary is a vital document of a society on the brink of change. Podnieks shoots with compassion and anger, giving voice to a generation coming of age ...

  • The Woman and the Glacier

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    Directed by Audrius Stonys • 2016 • Lithuania

    Lithuanian glaciologist Ausra Revutaite has lived alone in the Tian Shen mountains of Kazakhstan for 30 years, with only a cat and a dog for company in her battered Soviet-era cabin. Her life is utterly dedicated to the study of the Tuyuksu Glacier. ...

  • Year of the Dragon
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    Year of the Dragon

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    Directed by Andres Sööt • 1988 • USSR/Estonia

    1988 proved a decisive year in Estonia’s journey towards independence from the Soviet Union. Over the course of just a few months, national symbols including the Estonian flag began to proliferate in public, rifts grew between local politicians and t...