DocHouse Picks: 5 animated documentaries

Thursday 2 February, 2017

Keith Maitland's critically acclaimed Tower opens at the DocHouse on Sunday 5th February. The film blends witness testimony with archive footage and rotoscope animation to bring to life the story of America's first mass school shooting - at the University of Texas at Austin in 1966.  Book your tickets: HERE.

We've picked out five other recommended films for those interested to see more in the way of animated documentaries:

The Green Wave

Ali Samadi Ahadi / 2010

The Green Wave blends phone footage, animation and interviews to follow the course of the Iranian Green movement during the disputed re-election of Mahmud Ahmadinejad in June 2009. 

Watch the trailer: HERE

Waltz with Bashir 

Ari Folman / 2008 -  animated documentary into the horrors of the 1982 Lebanon war.

The first animation nominated for the best foreign language film Oscar, Waltz with Bashir is a look back at the Sabra and Shatila massacre by Israel's allies during the 1982 Lebanon War.

Watch the trailer: HERE

Chicago 10

Brett Morgen / 2007  - the story of the trail of eight anti-Vietnam activists

Chicago 10 mixes original animation with archival footage to explore the build-up to and unravelling of the Chicago Conspiracy Trial in which the “Chicago Seven” were accused of inciting riots during the Democratic National Convention of 1968.

Watch the trailer: HERE

Is The Man Who is Tall Happy 

Michel Gondry / 2013

A series of interviews with linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky brought to life by hand-drawn animation.

Watch the trailer: HERE

The Missing Picture 

Rithy Panh / 2014

Rithy Panh explores the horrors of his childhood under Cambodia's Khmer Rouge through animation and archive footage.

Watch the trailer: HERE