5 must-watch documentaries for 2018

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So you binge-watched the new series of Black Mirror before 2017 had even finished. What next? Here are five films for you to seek out over the next 12 months that'll keep you entertained and informed, while making you think about the world we live in.  

Human Flow

‘Being a refugee...is the most pervasive kind of cruelty that can be exercised against a human being.’ The opening remark of the trailer for Ai Weiwei’s new documentary about migrants seeking safety is a poignant reminder of the fact that right now, tens of millions of men, women and children have been displaced from their homes – and that we must do more to help them. Watch the trailer below and book your tickets now.

Fahrenheit 11/9

Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore returns with an explosive new documentary about Donald Trump. While the title is reminiscent of Moore’s critically-acclaimed Fahrenheit 9/11 from over a decade ago, it is actually a reference to 9 November 2016, the date Trump was declared president of the United States. The film has been shrouded in secrecy with a release date yet to be announced, so it’s certainly one to look forward to later in the year. 

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XY Chelsea

We were thrilled when prominent American whistleblower Chelsea Manning walked free from Fort Leavenworth's detention centre last year, so we’re keen to see what XY Chelsea has to show about her life and career. The documentary follows the fight to get her out of prison, and her experience as a trans woman, both in and out of jail. Granted unique access to Chelsea herself, filmmaker Tim Travers Hawkins said: ‘With Chelsea emerging from confinement, the journey of this film has reached its most historic and exciting moment.’

Silvana

Swedish rapper Silvana Imam is the star of this this refreshing documentary that follows the unique artist over three years. The film begins during Sweden’s 2014 election in which a nationalist group becomes the country’s third biggest party. Against this context, Silvana’s mixed Lithuanian and Syrian heritage provides an interesting commentary on Sweden’s relationship with race. At the same time, her budding romance with fellow pop star Beatrice Eli also propels her to icon status within her country’s LGBTQ community, creating a compelling insight into the life of one person standing up for the minority communities she counts herself a part of. Check out the trailer below.

Weinstein

Last month, the BBC announced that it had commissioned a 90-minute film about the disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, and Hollywood’s problem with deep-rooted sexism. Led by award-winning director Ursula Macfarlane – whose work includes Charlie Hebdo: Three Days That Shook Paris – the documentary will air on BBC Two later this year and promises to be the ‘the definitive documentary on the shocking scandal that launched the #MeToo movement last October.

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