Ye, Diana and TikTok: the highest documentaries to look at in 2022 | Documentary movies

ONEs over the past few years, 2022 promises a wealth of documentaries – some with delayed releases due to the pandemic – about the world’s greatest celebrities, scandals and contemporary forces (namely: TikTok). Next year, a Kanye West project that has been in the works for over 20 years will be unveiled, an investigation into the consequences of two Boeing planes due to design flaws, Amy Poehler’s documentary debut about Lucille Ball, and perhaps the premiere of the feature-length film. Child-bearing and as-yet-unnamed Rihanna film.

Here are some of the most anticipated documentaries of 2022 that are sure to be announced in the months ahead:

Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye West trilogy

Probably the most anticipated documentary of the year, Jeen-yuhs bundles 20 years of footage from the early career of rapper and producer Ye (that’s what West is called today) in Chicago to provocative (for better or for worse) superstar into a “documentary trilogy “. “. Directed by longtime collaborators Coodie & Chike (Chicago-born Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, who directed the video for Yes’s debut single Through the Wire in 2002), Jeen-yuhs promises unprecedented footage of Yes’s early career First-Look clip released in September shows a young Ye and Mos Def swapping bars with a camera in New York in 2002. Archive footage The Sundance entry will be streamed at an unannounced time later this year.

The Janes

Laura Kaplan from the Jane Collective. Photo: Reed Young / The Guardian

The Janes, a HBO-produced Sundance feature by Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes, are visiting the Jane Collective, a secret network of Chicago women that helped women achieve safe, illegal abortions between 1969 and 1973, the year in where the Supreme Court guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion in Roe v Wade. It’s a glimpse into the past – an underground service of safe houses, code names, and blindfolds to help women in need – that could anticipate a dystopian future for criminalized abortion in the U.S. as the conservative Supreme Court is on the verge of overthrowing, or at least that is to cry the landmark decision in 2022.


RihannaRihanna. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for Bergdorf Goodman

Just like her 2016 follow-up album to Anti, the as yet untitled Rihanna documentary by director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) seems to have been permanently delayed. The long-term project – the film has been in the works for six years and was bought by Amazon in 2019 for a whopping 25 million to … who knows. Maybe in 2022? Perhaps the extra years allowed Berg to put together even more footage than the supposedly 1,200 hours he filmed before 2020, now the most popular line of lingerie, Savage x Fenty, began dating fellow musician A $ AP Rocky and asserted himself as a superstar worldwide .

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin. Photo: AP

Latest documentary titan Ken Burns delves deep into one of the most prolific and dynamic Americans of the 18th century is unusual for founding fathers’ biographies; The Logline notes that Franklin’s life was “full of contradictions” – he eventually condemned slavery but had enslaved people in middle age, condemned violence against Native Americans, but advocated the spread of whites to indigenous lands.

We need to talk about Cosby

Comedian and CNN host W Kamau Bell tackles one of the most tarnished cultural legacies of the recent past: that of Bill Cosby, the comedian and former television presenter convicted of sexual assault in 2018 (Cosby was named after the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania released). overturned his conviction based on a legal formality; At least 60 women have publicly accused him of sexual assault, often through a disgusting pattern of tranquilizers and denial.) Jan 30th Showtime includes archive footage as well as cultural and political analysis to “reconsider his mark on a society where rape culture is toxic Masculinity, capitalism and white supremacy shape the re-evaluation of sex, power and the ability to act ”.

The occupied city

Steve McQueenSteve McQueen. Photo: Ying Tang / NurPhoto / REX / Shutterstock

Award-winning director Steve McQueen’s documentary about Nazi-occupied Amsterdam during World War II has been in production for several years and may not be ready by the end of 2022 (no release date has been announced). But the anticipation is high for the Oscar-winning $ 5.7 million film based on the book Atlas van een Bezette Stad, Amsterdam 1940-1945 by McQueen’s wife, Dutch filmmaker and producer Bianca Stierter, who released her own documentary on the Holocaust. Three Minutes: A Longening at the Venice Film Festival.

Downfall: The case against Boeing

Boeing Photo: Karen Ducey / Reuters

In October 2018, Lion Air Flight 610, a Boeing 737 Max jet, crashed into the Java Sea a few minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing 189 people. Four months later, another 737 Max, Flight 302 of Ethiopian Airlines, crashed six minutes after take-off in Addis Ababa, killing 157. Investigators later concluded that an automatic flight control malfunction resulted in a nosedive and that the mentions recent changes to this system have been deleted from pilot training manuals. Doom: The Boeing Case, directed by Rory Kennedy, is the second documentary project to examine the American company’s priority of profit over safety in less than a year; the Netflix film follows Boeing’s Fatal Flaw, the collaboration between PBS Frontline and the New York Times, which premiered in September 2021. Kennedy’s film, which premieres at Sundance, will examine the company’s public relations crisis after the disasters.

TikTok, boom

TikTok boom at SundanceTikTok, boom at Sundance. Photo: Sundance Film Festival

For those looking for a visual in-depth look at TikTok’s rapid rise to the forefront of digital culture, there’s TikTok, Boom, by director Shalini Kantayya. The Sundance entry documents TikTok’s rise to notoriety from to the world’s most downloaded app (owned by Chinese company ByteDance) and its startling powers of virality from the perspective of Gen-Z app users and stars , Journalists and experts.

chocolate bar

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Acclaimed Argentine filmmaker Lucrecia Martel follows Zama with her first entry into non-fiction: Chocobar, a hybrid fiction documentary film project about the assassination of indigenous Argentine activist Javier Chocobar by a white landowner in 2007. The film Martel described as ” a documentary whose claim to be a documentary is fatally injured because the problem in this story is the document ”, won the highest international award for films at the The Films After Tomorrow initiative at the 2020 film festival in Locarno, Switzerland stalled by the pandemic. No release date has been announced.

The princess

Diana Photo: John Stillwell / PA

We’re reaching the height of Diana content, from the disastrous Diana: The Musical to the critically acclaimed fourth season of The Crown to Kirsten Stewart’s likely Oscar-nominated role in Pablo Larraín’s surreal Spencer. Now comes Ed Perkins ‘The Princess, which will premiere on Sundance with an HBO Max streaming date that purports to investigate the People’s Princess’ life and her influence on the public perception of the monarchy both during her life and long after her death 1997.

Lucy and Desi

Lucy Photo: AP

Amy Poehler’s debut documentary, produced by Ron Howard, explores the life of groundbreaking comedian Lucille Ball and her intense, devoted partnership with husband and I Love Lucy co-star Desi Arnaz. Poehler, who directed the feature films Wine Country and Moxie, embarked on her first non-fiction project as a longtime ball fan. It was inspired by “her story and what kind of woman she was in business and what culture she was in when she did the show,” she told Variety in 2020, as well as “interesting and complicated and loving.” Relationship with Arnaz. We hope that the reviews are stronger than for last year’s coolly recorded Being the Ricardos, Aaron Sorkin’s feature film with Nicole Kidman as the ball and (controversial) the Spanish actor Javier Bardem as the Cuban-American Arnaz.

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