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DOC NYC 2022: 10 Must-See Films at America’s Biggest Documentary Festival

The annual celebration of non-fiction cinema returns with standout docs about Formula 1 greats, queer icons, and late film pioneer Jonas Mekas.

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“Fragments of Paradise”

Never fear, doc lovers — DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary film festival, is not only back for in-person movie-going but also maintaining the hybrid format (read: virtual viewing choices, too) it embraced during last year’s edition.

As ever, this year’s lineup encompasses a predictably wide range of subjects and stories, including everything from the inspiring tale of an uber-talented female surfer (opening night pick “Maya and the Wave”) to an animated documentary that covers entire centuries of insidious anti-semitic hate (closing night film “The Conspiracy”), plus a Barbara Kopple joint about the need to empower minority communities (“Gumbo Coalition,” one of two Centerpiece films) and a close look at life inside Cirque du Soleil after the early days of pandemic shutdowns (the second Centerpiece, “Cirque du Soleil: Without a Net”).

The 2022 lineup includes more than 110 feature-length documentaries plus more than 100 short film offerings. If that wealth of options sounds daunting, the festival has cleverly assembled its sprawling lineup around a variety of topics. On offer: Themes as diverse as “Celebrity” and “Cities,” “Journalism” and “True Crime,” “Outsiders” and “Fashion.”

And for those even more eager to approach the festival with all the guidance you can gather, here are 10 highlights we’re most excited to see. Browse the full lineup and purchase tickets right here. DOC NYC runs November 9–27.

This article includes additional reporting from Christian Blauvelt and Ryan Lattanzio.

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