Want thought-provoking viewing? Here are three of 2021's best doccies

The films tackle Mexican law enforcement, the tale of an Afghan refugee, and the fascinating story of one of musical history’s most innovative groups

19 December 2021 - 00:00
Raúl Briones in 'A Cop Movie'.
Raúl Briones in 'A Cop Movie'.
Image: Netflix


Mexican director Alonso Ruizpalacios’ formally inventive documentary takes the stories of two police officers and uses them to break down the boundaries between fact, fiction and performance to create a complicated and layered meditation on the psychology of those who make the decision to enforce the law in one of the world’s most corrupt-ridden environments.

Where to watch it: Netflix

WATCH | The trailer for 'A Cop Movie'.


Todd Haynes makes his first foray into documentary to tell the fascinating story of one of recent musical history’s most innovative groups and the creatively fertile '60s avant- garde world that produced them.

Where to watch it: Apple TV +

WATCH | The trailer for 'The Velvet Underground'.


Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s intimate and humane film uses animation to create a vivid and moving portrait of the struggles of one real-life Afghan refugee, his long journey to personal and sexual freedom, and the long-lasting consequences of his traumatic childhood and adolescence on his adult life.

WATCH | The trailer for 'Flee'.