The Documentary Film World

This GIS map of the world situates feature-length, award-winning, social issue documentary films in the cities, countries or regions in which they take place. The films selected primarily represent these areas, visually, and culturally. Secondly, they represent artistic excellence, having won major international awards and critical acclaim. Thirdly, they represent, as much as possible due to availability, a temporal spectrum stretching back to 1895. This project presents the director’s vision of actual geographical locations around the world and the social issue affecting the people in these places. As a result, animated documentaries are not included in this database. If you have suggestions for inclusions, please email the YouTube link to your recommended film. Email:

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