The 5 Best Documentaries of 2017, a List by National Board of Review

Posted 2017/12/01 2374 0

If you are into documentaries, this list will make your weekends!


1. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Abacus, a small family-run bank, becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend itself, and its bank's legacy in the Chinatown community, over the course of a five-year legal battle.


2. Brimstone & Glory

Tultepec, a town in south-central Mexico, becomes famous for its manufacturing of fireworks, and their annual National Pyrotechnics Festival.


3. Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars

Eric Clapton is the only ever three-time-inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is an 18-time Grammy Award winner and widely renowned as one of the greatest performers of all time. But behind the scenes is restlessness and tragedy. Clapton's quest to grow his artistic voice left fans surprised as he constantly quit successful bands. His isolated pursuit of his craft, and fear of selling out, served as a catalyst for his evolution as an artist.


4. Faces Places

Director Agnès Varda and photographer and muralist JR journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.


5. Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS

Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested explore the complexities of the war in Syria and Iraq as they gain access to clandestine organizations to offer a look at one of the most serious threats faced by the Western world. They chronicle Syria's descent into the unbridled chaos that allowed the rise of the Islamic State, better known as ISIS, and cover the catastrophe from multiple angles, featuring interviews with top experts from around the world.