10 Best Documentaries of 2019, From ‘Apollo 11’ to ‘One Child Nation’ (Photos)

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10 Best Documentaries of 2019, From ‘Apollo 11’ to ‘One Child Nation’ (Photos)
Many documentaries suffer from a good-for-you coating, but the best ones have always been art in all its creativity, compassion and complexity, and 2019 was no exception. Whether personal or observed – straightforwardly told or formally experimental – the cream of this year’s bumper non-fiction crop dazzled with filmmaking brilliance.

Runners-Up: 2019 also floored me with the dance majesty of “Cunningham,” the gospel truth of “Amazing Grace,” the kids today of “Jawline,” the pointed jocularity of “Hail Satan?”, the nomadic poignance of “Midnight Traveler,” the testimonial heft of “Leaving Neverland,” the geopolitical smarts of “The Kingmaker,” the lush positivity of “The Biggest Little Farm,” the soulful breadth of “The Apollo,” and the patriotic power of “Knock Down the House.”

10. “The Island of Hungry Ghosts”

On Christmas Island, land crabs migrate under protection, while behind the walls of an Australian detention facility nearby, captured asylum seekers open up to a caring counselor. Gabrielle Brady
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