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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Film, The Living Record Of Our Memory
Film, The Living Record Of Our Memory
Documentary considering our audiovisual heritage and what is being done to preserve it.
The Rossellinis
The Rossellinis
A documentary recounting the lives of Roberto Rossellini's children from the perspective of Alessandro Rossellini, the first grandson of the director.
Explores the stories of those committed to using physical film in the digital era.
Forest For The Trees
Forest For The Trees
War photographer Rita Leistner turns her expert lens onto a community of tree planters who overcome grueling conditions and emotional difficulties to bring back the forest one tree at a time.
Nothing But The Sun
Nothing But The Sun
Considers the material of Mateo Sobode Chiqueno, who has been using an old tape recorder to capture stories, songs, and testimonies of his ancestral culture since the Seventies.
A look at the lives of centenarians from across the globe.
Becoming Cousteau
Becoming Cousteau
Profile of the undersea explorer.
Lady Buds
Lady Buds
The story of six women who come out of the shadows of the cannabis underground to enter the new commercial industry in California.
Amin arrived as an unaccompanied minor in Denmark from Afghanistan. Today, he is a successful academic and is getting married to his long-time boyfriend. A secret he has been hiding for 20 years threatens to ruin the life he has built.
Documentary portrait of the "Chinese Dream" - a contemporary vision of a China that prioritizes productivity and innovation above all
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DOC NYC Features

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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