Documentary films submitted for Academy consideration, listed in alphabetical order:

As a companion article to November's MISC Member Newsletter, here we've listed the documentary films submitted for this year's Academy Awards. Read about five of our favorite films on this list in this month's newsletter, and sign up for future monthly member newsletters at Membership for the Media Institute for Social Change is $25 annually and includes monthly recommendations for new documentaries, or interviews with journalists, or radio podcasts we believe you will find smart and informative. 

The Abolitionists

Abortion: Stories Women Tell

All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone

Almost Holy

Amanda Knox

Among the Believers

Anne Frank Then and Now

The Anthropologist

Apparition Hill

Art Bastard

The Ataxian

Audrie & Daisy

Author: The JT Leroy Story

The Bad Kids

Be Here Now (The Andy Whitfield Story)

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years

A Beautiful Planet

Beauty Bites Beast

Becoming Mike Nichols

Before the Flood

Behind Bayonets and Barbed Wire

Behind the Cove – The Quiet Japanese Speak Out!

Best and Most Beautiful Things

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits

Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

A Billion Lives

Black Women in Medicine

Blood on the Mountain

Boy 23: The Forgotten Boys of Brazil

The Brainwashing of My Dad

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

By Sidney Lumet

The C Word


Citizen Soldier

City of Gold

Class Divide

Colliding Dreams

Command and Control


Danny Says

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War

Disturbing the Peace

Do Not Resist

Don’t Blink – Robert Frank

The Eagle Huntress

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

Eating You Alive

Equal Means Equal

Eva Hesse

Everything Is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted

A Family Affair

Finding Babel

Fire at Sea

The First Monday in May

Floyd Norman: An Animated Life


Generation Startup

Gimme Danger


Harry & Snowman

Hate Rising with Jorge Ramos

Holy Hell

Hooligan Sparrow

How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change


I Am Not Your Negro

Indian Point

Into the Inferno

Iron Moon

Ivory. A Crime Story

The Ivory Game

Jim: The James Foley Story

Kate Plays Christine

Keepers of the Game

Landfill Harmonic

The Last Man on the Moon

Life, Animated

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

Look at Us Now, Mother!

The Lovers and the Despot


Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing

Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame


Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Mifune: The Last Samurai

Miss Sharon Jones!

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

My Love, Don’t Cross That River

National Bird

National Parks Adventure

Never Surrender


Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Notes on Blindness


O.J.: Made in America

Off the Rails

Older than Ireland

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

On the Map

100 Years, One Woman’s Fight for Justice

Our Last Tango

Presenting Princess Shaw

The Red Pill

Rigged 2016

The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip across Latin America

Rooted in Peace

The Ruins of Lifta


The Seventh Fire

Shadow World

Silicon Cowboys

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang


Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

Starving the Beast

The Syndrom

Thank You for Your Service

Theo Who Lived

They Will Have to Kill Us First – Malian Music in Exile


This Is Life


Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru


The Trans List


Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria

USS Indianapolis The Legacy

The Uncondemned

Under the Gun

Under the Sun

Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro

Unlocking the Cage

Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe

Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience

We Are X


When Two Worlds Collide

The Witness

Zero Days