#1. Sound and Fury (2000)

Storyline: Cousins Heather and Peter Artinian -- ages 6 and almost 2, respectively -- are deaf. Their condition could be changed by a cochlear implant, a device that stimulates hearing. The benefits are obvious, but this documentary focuses on why the children's families face a tough decision. There are concerns about how the device will change the recipient's relationship with deaf culture and whether there can ever be a true connection between those who hear sounds and those who hear only silence.

Plot Keywords: child, doctor, family member, cousin, deaf child, emotional, gripping ...

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#7. Whiplash (2014)

Storyline: A young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school; one who does not hold back on abuse towards his students. The two form an odd relationship as the student wants to achieve greatness, and the professor pushes him.

Plot Keywords: jazz musician, drummer, teacher, friend, family member, band member, confident ...

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#8. Fugue (2018)

Storyline: Alicja suffers from memory loss and has rebuilt her own free-spirited way of life. Two years later, she returns to her former family to assume against her will her role as wife, mother, and daughter to people who are strangers to her.

Plot Keywords: amnesiac, mother, daughter, wife, family member, friend, gripping ...

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#9. Silverlake Life: The View From Here (1993)

Storyline: Both having been diagnosed with AIDS, UCLA film teacher Tom Joslin and his partner, Mark Massi, resolve to document the most intimate details of their daily lives. As the physical and mental toll of the disease begins to take hold of both men, Joslin's former student, Peter Friedman, takes over the film's production, providing the final, bittersweet postscript on the enduring love between two people who've decided to bravely face their illness together.

Plot Keywords: lover, gay man, partner, family member, student, disheartening, moving ...

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#11. Latcho Drom (1994)

Storyline: The film takes the viewer on a journey west, from India to Spain, with stops along the way, to dramatize Romany's nomadic culture. This journey takes place over a year's time, from summer through fall and winter to spring. Gatlif holds his camera on the elemental essentials of this life: water, the wheel, fire, beasts of burden and of sustenance, colorful clothes, jewelry, musical instruments, song, and dance. Throughout, via song and dance, young and old celebrate, embody, and teach the cultural values of family, journey, love, separateness, and persecution.—<[email protected]>

Plot Keywords: gypsy, daughter, family member, dancing girl, family patriarch, mother, fascinating ...

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#12. Searching for Sugar Man (2011)

Storyline: In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero's fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped, while a Detroit construction laborer discovered that his lost artistic dreams came true after all.—Kenneth Chisholm ([email protected])

Plot Keywords: musician, fan, south african man, traveler, family member, friend, uplifting ...

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#13. Spotlight (2015)

Storyline: When the Boston Globe's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.

Plot Keywords: editor, journalist, priest, reporter, family member, victim, brooding ...

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#14. Sister Cities (2016)

Storyline: When four estranged sisters return to mourn following their mother's alleged suicide, they find a mystery waiting for them. When they discover that their mother's body is still in the tub, they confront Austin, the one daughter who stayed behind. As suspicions grow, hard truths are revealed and their relationships with each other are thrown into turmoil.

Plot Keywords: sister, mother, friend, family member, police detective, coroner, chilling ...

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#15. The Beaches of Agnès (2008)

Storyline: At nearly 80, Agnès Varda explores her memory - growing up in Belgium, living in Sète, Paris, and Noirmoutier, discovering photography, making a film, being part of the New Wave, raising children with Jacques Demy, losing him, and growing old. She explores her memory using photographs, film clips, home movies, contemporary interviews, and set pieces she designs to capture a feeling, a time, or a frame. Shining through each scene are her impish charm, inventiveness, and natural empathy. How do people grow old, how does loss stay with them, can they remain creative, and what do they remember? Memory, she says, is like a swarm of confused flies. She envisions hers for us.—<[email protected]>

Plot Keywords: filmmaker, artist, actor, family member, winsome, emotional, creative ...

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