I think this is a really strong documentary lineup. Faces, Places, Abacus, and Strong Island would all be on my Top 5 documentaries of the year list. Last Men in Aleppo is powerful, but I thought City of Ghosts was much more fascinating. Icarus is not my type of film at all, but it is fine for what it is. I wanted Unrest to take that slot.
I have no idea what takes this prize. Faces, Places may be my favorite film of the year, but it feels so different from what the Academy nominates (I'm shocked it was even nominated). I think Abacus is a really well-structured film, and it would finally give Steve James the Oscar he has never won, but Strong Island has the narrative in and out of the film that could propel it. It is well-worth checking out if you get the chance.
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