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Executive producer and narrator chef Anthony Bourdain attends the premiere of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste in New York City. Brent N. Clarke/Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP hide caption

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Daniel Klein picks meat from crabs with the young daughter of a former strawberry picker in Oxnard, Calif., for an episode called "A Day In The Life." Courtesy of Perennial Plate hide caption

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Khaleed Khateeb, 21, was the videographer for the Netflix documentary The White Helmets. "This photo was after double tap of aircraft on July 27, 2014," he says, referring to an airstrike followed by another attack. "I don't know how I survived." Fadi al Halabi/Courtesy of Khaleed Khateeb hide caption

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Katie Couric (right) and White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, speaking, participate in a panel discussion following a May 16 screening of Couric's documentary Under the Gun at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for EPIX hide caption

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In Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary The Look of Silence, an Indonesian optometrist offers forgiveness to his older brother's killers — if they'll admit to the deed. Courtesy of Drafthouse Films and Participant Media hide caption

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Former Sheriff William "Dub" Lawrence, in a scene from the documentary Peace Officer. It's not his job to investigate old crimes and officer-involved shootings — but that hasn't stopped him from obsessing over them. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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An Ex-Lawman On A Lonely Mission: Bringing The Police To Justice

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Fred Armisen and Bill Hader send up the classic documentary Grey Gardens in the first episode of their new TV series, Documentary Now! Tyler Golden/IFC hide caption

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'SNL' Alumni Mine Humor From Serious Cinema In 'Documentary Now!'

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In The Look of Silence, Indonesian optician Adi Rukun, pictured here in a scene from the film with his mother, investigates the murder of his older brother in mass violence following a 1965 coup. Perpetrators and their relatives "would taunt us for being their victims," he says. Courtesy of Drafthouse Films and Participant Media hide caption

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Opening Indonesia's Eyes In 'The Look Of Silence'

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'Sunshine Superman': A Love Story Against The Backdrop of BASE Jumping

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Sir David Attenborough at the Beijing Museum of Natural History with fossil of Juramaia, as featured in the Smithsonian Channel series Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates. Courtesy Smithsonian Channel hide caption

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In 'Rise Of Animals,' Sir David Attenborough Tells Story Of Vertebrates

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Kurt Cobain Speaks — Through Art And Audio Diaries — In 'Montage Of Heck'

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A woman walks past a memorial for some of the victims who are said to have died at the hands of the serial killer dubbed the "Grim Sleeper." Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Too Scared To Talk To Police, Stalker's Victims Open Up In 'Grim Sleeper'

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