Category: Reviews

SelectED film

Review: ‘SelectED’

Each year 10,000 students apply for a few hundred available seats at Whitney M. Young Magnet School, one of currently eleven selective enrollment public high schools in Chicago. For an entire year, filmmaker Kayla McCormick

Review: ‘A Small Good Thing’

William James Dawson, a discontent Londoner with an incurable “earth-hunger,” as he describes it, published a small book in 1907 entitled The Quest of the Simple Life. In it, he writes, “. . .my first

Review: ‘Jimmy on the Run’

Directed by Wytse Koetse, “Jimmy on the Run” is a captivating seven minute documentary about the life of Amsterdam fashion and street photographer Huang Jianmin, better known by his professional moniker:  ‘Jimmy on the Run.’

"Chau, beyond the lines"

Review: ‘Chau, beyond the lines’

Generations born after the Vietnam War may have never heard of the herbicide Agent Orange, let alone realize how its dangerous chemicals still threaten millions of people’s health to this day. In the span of

Review: ‘50 Feet from Syria’

Directed by Skye Fitzgerald, “50 Feet from Syria” follows Dr. Hisham Bismar, a Syrian-American orthopedic surgeon, on a volunteer medical mission to a Turkish hospital on the Syrian border where he provides care to victims

Review: ‘He Named Me Malala’

“He Named Me Malala” will have its U.S. television premiere Feb. 29th on the National Geographic Channel, followed by a global debut on the network in 171 countries and 45 languages within a week after that.

'Rocket Wars' vs. 'Rocket War"

‘Rocket Wars’ vs. ‘Rocket-War’

Depending on how long you’ve been a reader, you may remember that last August “Rocket Wars” by Variable was featured as a “Doc of the Week” here on Documentary Drive. The film uses the latest high tech filming

Review: ‘Meru’

Is “Meru” thrilling? Yes. Breathtaking? Incredibly so. Are there scenes that will make you nervous? Many. Some reviewers have called “Meru” terrifying. “Terrifying” seems like such an ill-fitted word to ascribe to a film these

My Enemy, My Brother

Doc Highlight: ‘My Enemy, My Brother’

Kicking off our look at some of this year’s Oscar contenders is the short documentary “My Enemy, My Brother.” Directed by Canadian filmmaker Ann Shin, whose résumé includes the award-winning film “The Defector: Escape from North

Review: ‘How to Dance in Ohio’

Currently available on HBO NOW and HBO GO, “How to Dance in Ohio” is an endearing feature length documentary chronicling the experiences of a group of teenagers and young adults with autism spectrum disorder in