The Tribeca Film Festival, which began on Wednesday, takes over New York City until the end of the month. The selections in Indiewire‘s latest curation of Hulu’s Documentaries page takes inspiration from some of the films included in this year’s line-up to present a number of docs on similar or related subjects.
Nisha Pahuja’s Tribeca title, “The World Before Her,” explores the status of and opportunities for women in modern-day India by looking at two extremes: the Miss India pageaant and a fundamentalist Hindu camp. Ricardo Lobo’s “Sisters of Ladakh” focuses on another path for women, telling the story of Buddhist nuns on the border of India and Tibet while providing insightful commentary on the space made, and the limits still in place, for women in Buddhism.
Tribeca’s “One Nation Under Dog,” directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Jenny Carchman, and Amanda Micheli, brings together a variety of stories about the intense relationships between people and their canine friends. “Dogs of Peace,” directed by Mike Searle, looks at the dogs and men who risk their lives to detect dangerous landmines in Afghanistan.
The teenage subjects of Frederic Golding’s Tribeca entry, “On the Mat,” train hard for the chance to reclaim the state high school wrestling championship title. In Takashi Doscher and Alex Shofner’s “A Fighting Chance,” a former high school wrestler pushes himself to become a mixed martial artist – despite seemingly insurmountable physical limitations.
High school is also the setting for “Fame High,” Oscar-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s film about the talented teens of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, screening in competition at Tribeca. Around the world in China, young orphans go through rigorous training to master the ancient tradition of tightrope walking in Petr Lom’s “On A Tightrope.”
The young don’t have a monopoly on either talent or dreams, as shown in Myles Kane and Josh Koury’s enjoyable Tribeca film, “Journey to Planet X,” where two unassuming middle-aged men use everything at their disposal to create a masterpiece of DIY sci-fi filmmaking. Brett Thompson affectionately reveals the true story behind the most infamous scrappy filmmaker in “The Haunted World of Edward D Wood, Jr.”
Finally, Tribeca offers a love letter to fans of a legendary rock band with Matt O’Casey’s “Queen: Days of Our Lives.” Mark McLauglin’s “Becoming Queen” tells the story of Freddy Mercury and his bandmates, focusing largely on their lives and careers before Queen.
EDITOR’S NOTE: “Indiewire @ Hulu Docs” is a regular column spotlighting the Iw-curated selections on Hulu’s Documentaries page, a unique collaboration between the two sites. Indiewire selections typically appear in the carousel at the top of the page and under “Featured Content” in the center. Be sure to check out the great non-fiction projects available to watch free of charge. Disclosure: Some of the selections are titles provided to Hulu by SnagFilms, the parent company of Indiewire.
ABOUT THE WRITER: Basil Tsiokos is a Programming Associate, Documentary Features for Sundance and a consultant to documentary filmmakers and festivals. Follow him on Twitter (@1basil1) and visit his blog (what (not) to doc).