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Ava DuVernay’s ‘13th’ Signals Beginning of a Mass Awakening for Black America

The 2016 documentary has given a voice to African-Americans, who now have more tools to fight for truth, justice and freedom from oppression.

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‘Hooligan Sparrow’ Takes an Unflinching Look at China’s Crackdown on Human Rights Activists

The documentary chronicles gender rights advocate Ye Haiyan’s struggle with Chinese authorities, and it also makes filmmaker Nanfu Wang a target of officialdom in her native country.

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‘The Salesman’: An Iranian Domestic Drama With a Dash of Arthur Miller

Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is back in the awards mix.

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‘Neruda’ Makes Poetry of a Cat-and-Mouse Tale

The film, nominated for a Golden Globe, follows Chile’s world-renowned Communist poet as he lives a colorful life on the run from an ambitious and mysterious cop.

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Ooh, ‘La La Land’

Director Damien Chazelle captures the dreamy side of Los Angeles in a buoyant, candy-colored musical romance. (Not keen on musicals? Give this one a chance.)

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A Glimpse Into the Shattered Lives of Some Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors

“Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing” starkly shows that, while convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev languishes in prison, victims who lost limbs in the 2013 attack still struggle to cope with their brutally altered existence.

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‘Arrival’: A Gossamer Dream of Hope Beams In From Outer Space

It takes an otherworldly element to deliver an unforgettable moviegoing experience—as well as a message of understanding across cultures at a time when earthlings struggle with that on our own planet.

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Journalism Icon I.F. Stone’s Words Ring Truer Than Ever in ‘All Governments Lie’

The documentary makes a strong case, with input from a starring lineup of left-leaning investigative reporters, in support of a theme that keeps repeating.

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‘Moonlight’: Baptism by Hope

With minimal plot and dialogue, director Barry Jenkins turns familiar elements of a hardscrabble coming-of-age story into an extraordinary, even transcendent, cinematic feat.

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‘Newtown’: Bearing Witness, and Bringing Heart, to Horror’s Aftermath

Of all the skills director Kim Snyder drew upon to make this stirring documentary about the Sandy Hook massacre, the most important was the human element of sympathy.

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