8 Great Docs to Check Out This Spring 2012

The film festival season continues this week with Canada’s Hot Docs Film Festival and the approach of The 65 Annual Cannes Film Festival. In the spirit of documentary film, The FreeStyle Life brings you eight documentaries worth seeing this spring.

Lee Hirsch exposes the harsh reality faced by millions of American children by following five kids and their families over the course of a school year. What Hirsch finds offers sobering insight into the severity of America’s bullying crisis. Directed by Lee Hirsch.
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Bob Marley in the documentary Marley directed by Kevin MacDonald

Although Bob Marley passed away over 30 years ago, his music and the legacy he left behind endure to this day. Follow Kevin MacDonald as he digs deep into life, career, and tormented soul of the reggae legend in this must-see music documentary. Directed by Kevin MacDonald.
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This Is Not a Film
This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi during his house arrest in his Tehran apartment. Directed by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi.
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The Island President
After bringing democracy to his country, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, takes up the fight to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea.
Directed by Jon Shenk.
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Putin’s Kiss – Limited release
At only 19 years of age, Masha Drokova has quickly ascended the ranks of Russian Pro-Putin national youth organization Nashi. However, after outspoken journalists critical of the Russian government are brutally beaten, Masha’s loyalty begins to waiver.
Directed by Lise Birk Pedersen.

First Position In Theaters May 4
In her directorial debut, Bress Kargman shows why competing in The Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world, is no easy task. Directed by Bess Kargman.
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Searching for Sugar Man In Theaters July 17
Two South Africans attempt to crack the sudden disappearance of the greatest American rocker that never was.
Directed by Malik Bendjelloul.
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Samsara In Theaters August 24
Baraka cinematographer Ron Fricke shoots entirely on 70mm film and delivers yet another visual tour de force in his latest documentary.
Directed by Ron Fricke.
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