The best documentaries on Netflix Instant

Paste Magazine has compiled a list of The 40 Best Documentaries on Netflix Instant, and we are honored that they have picked Hoop Dreams as their #1 and The Interrupters as #5!

Here's what they write about both, and a link to the full 40.

5. The Interrupters
Year: 2011
Director: Steve James
Steve James is justly deified for Hoop Dreams, which no less an authority than Roger Ebert declared the greatest documentary of all time. The Academy famously snubbed it, denying it even a nomination for Best Documentary of the year. The Interrupters is the first film since then in which James approached those heights, and inconceivably, the Academy has done it again, as the year’s best documentary didn’t even make the short list for a nomination. Pay them no attention. Don’t miss James’ majestic account of a group of former gang members who toil tirelessly on the streets of Chicago to prevent disputes from escalating into violence.

1. Hoop Dreams
Year: 1994
Director: Steve James
Seldom has a film, narrative or documentary, so probingly explored the American Dream. In this case, the version of the dream that young William Gates and Arthur Agee have bought into is redemption (and fortune and fame) through athletic achievement. That the odds are stacked so heavily against those dreams ever coming true only makes their dearest hopes that much more poignant. Steve James famously spent nearly eight years making the film, and despite its nearly three-hour running time, it doesn’t feel long at all. Every frame feels essential.

Thanks, Paste!

Direct links to watch all of the Kartemquin films currently available on Netflix Instant are below:
The Interrupters.
Hoop Dreams.
No Crossover: The Trials of Allen Iverson.

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