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The Best Documentaries of 2021

Citizen Ashe
Cusp
Erēmīta (Anthologies)
Fall River
Fathom
Faya Dayi
Film About A Father Who
Final Account
Flee
For Madmen Only
Found
Gunda
Hemingway
Homeroom
In Our Mothers' Gardens

The best documentaries of 2021 emerged from all corners of the world, covering a wide range of subjects. Of course, filmmakers started really addressing the pandemic in 2021, but there were also smart bio-docs about major figures from world history and entertaining formal experiments. While a lot of the film world felt down in 2020 and 2021, the best documentaries continued to find new stories to tell. These are the best documentaries of 2021 with links in the reviews to watch them directly.