This year's festival will feature both in-person screenings in New York City, from November 10-18, followed by online screenings across the US from November 19 to 28. This year's Visionaries Honourees are: Joan Churchill, Raoul Peck, Peter Nicks and Chi-hui Yang. In addition to the strands listed below, there are a number of short film showcases.

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The Devil's Drivers
The Devil's Drivers
Filmed over eight years, this documentary follows drivers who smuggle Palestinian workers in and out of Israel risking jail in the process.
A Tree Of Life
A Tree Of Life
In Pittsburgh in 2018, a white supremacist opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history. The survivors recount the harrowing experience and detail how their lives have fundamentally changed.
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time
An in-depth look at the life and work of the writer.
A close-up portrait of the daily lives of two cows.
Once Upon A Time In Uganda
Once Upon A Time In Uganda
The story of Wakaliwood, the grassroots film industry born in the slums of Kampala which is all about action and entertainment and the conviction that in the movies, nothing is impossible.
Hold Your Fire
Hold Your Fire
Reconstruction of a 1970s bungled robbery, told from different perspectives.
Young Plato
Young Plato
Observational documentary about a school in Belfast's Ardoyne and its inspirational headmaster.
Three Minutes: A Lengthening
Three Minutes: A Lengthening
The three minutes of footage explored in this film are the only moving images left of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasielsk before the Holocaust.
A drama-therapy project working with six men in Kansas City, Missouri, who were abused by Catholic priests as children.
A Cop Movie
A Cop Movie
A docufiction dive into the Mexican police force.
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DOC NYC Features

Seeing beyond the weeds
Don Argott and Glenn Meehan discuss Keep Sweet
Behind the stages of film history
Inés Toharia on Wim Wenders, Ken Loach, found footage, and Film, The Living Record Of Our Memory
A true champion
Rex Miller on Citizen Ashe, Arthur Ashe and Rex’s tennis protégé, filmmaker Steven Cantor
A perfect window onto the world
Lisa Hurwitz on The Automat, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Julie Cohen and Mel Brooks
Resilience, hope and magic
Kim Maxime Baglieri on In Order To Escort Her
Film preservation is a collaborative effort
Inés Toharia on preservation, restoration and Film, The Living Record Of Our Memory
The feeling of community
Lila Schmitz on The Job Of Songs, storytelling, community and the Cliffs of Moher
What our identity is
Lidiya Kan on Morkovcha (Korean Carrot Salad) and Wendy Cong Zhao’s animation
Teaching with style
Maria Speth on history, craft and Mr. Bachmann And His Class
The memory of the world
Neville Elder on trauma, the past and Anamnesis [Part One]
A treasure trove
Thom Powers on the DOC NYC Special Event and Closing Night selections and more
Savouring good food
Julie Cohen on Julia Child, food preparation and documentary Julia
Anticipatory nostalgia
Vincent Liota on Rick Rawlins, Heidi Julavits, Robert Krulwich and Objects
Elements of cool
Tom Donahue on Dean Martin: King Of Cool
A family constellation
Alessandro Rossellini on The Rossellinis and his grandfather Roberto Rossellini
A greater exposure
Thom Powers on DOC NYC U, Go Through The Dark, Mr. Bachmann And His Class, and The Energy War
DOC NYC early bird highlights
Becoming Cousteau, The Velvet Underground, Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain and Shoot From The Heart
Reaching out
Thom Powers on the Lifetime Achievement Award honorees, new juried sections and Q&As at DOC NYC
Ideas create the aesthetic
Ed Lachman on Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, and shooting interviews for The Velvet Underground
A participant observer
Ed Lachman on Songs For Drella, Lou Reed, John Cale, and The Velvet Underground
Capturing trailblazers
Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas on fighting prejudice and the importance of journalism in Writing With Fire
Rediscovering Spain
Susan Stern on her personal documentary about her husband's life and work
Catching complexity
Jessica Beshir on the 10-year personal journey to make Faya Dayi


DOC NYC 2021 Visionaries Tribute honorees announced
Ceremony scheduled for Wednesday 10 November

59th New York Film Festival early bird highlights Futura, Jane By Charlotte, James Baldwin: From Another Place and The Velvet Underground

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