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Documentaries To Look Out For in 2022

Wednesday 15 December, 2021

Not saying we're looking forward to saying goodbye to 2021, but there's a lot to look forward to in 2022. Not least, in the non-fiction department.

Here's 5 docs we're looking forward to seeing and sharing when they reach UK cinemas in the New Year.

Andrea Arnold’s first documentary, Cow, is a new direction for the seasoned fiction filmmaker (Wasp, Fish Tank, American Honey), but her sensibilities shine through in this near-wordless portrait of the life of a dairy cow. This is gritty social-realism of the bovine kind: utterly immersive, both rough and beautiful, and profoundly affecting.  

For anyone who saw Viktor Kossakovsky’s Gunda, Cow will make a very interesting companion piece – as much for its stark differences in tone and composition, as for its clearer similarities.

See Cow on the big screen at Bertha DocHouse, with a preview screening plus recorded Q&A on 12th Jan, and on release from 14th Jan. 

In telling the story of her family, director Firouzeh Khosrovani engages in a kind of social radiography, creating cinematic x-rays of a time and a place, in her deeply personal account of the history of contemporary Iran.

A tapestry of family photographs, letters and archive material, this exquisitely rendered film examines the lives and marriage of her devout mother, Tayi, and her secular, progressive father, Hossein. There is a gulf in their marriage, in the family home, and in the outside world there are profound changes gathering in society. 

Firouzeh Khosrovani: “I am the product of Iran’s struggle between secularism and the Islamic ideology. My parents’ love story takes us from the Shah era to the Islamic Revolution and the hardships during the Iran-Iraq War, up to the present day – all in our home in Tehran.”

Radiograph of a Family won Best Documentary at IDFA in 2020, and will coming to Bertha DocHouse in Jan 2022 – look out for our announcement soon!


Filled with images you'll never forget, Salomé Jashi's Taming The Garden has been a highlight of the 2021 festival circuit, screening at Berlinale, Sundance, Locarno, IDFA and many, many more - and it finally comes to UK screens in Jan 2022, released by Dogwoof.

Serene and surreal, this poetic vision captures the project of an anonymous, wealthy and powerful man to transport ancient trees to his own private garden. It is a colossal undertaking, requiring new infrastructure to dig up and move 30-ft trees across Georgia; land and sea.

With each removal, tensions flare between workers and villagers, and we question the immense power of wealth, human dominion over nature – and human folly?

Denmark’s entry to the Oscars for Best International Feature, Flee has been making waves with its inventive style, beautiful animation and most of all the profoundly powerful story it tells, since it premiered at Sundance in Jan 2021.

Using animation to protect his identity, Director Jonas Pohen Rasmussen’s close friend, Amin, recounts his dramatic journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan to Denmark. Now, on the verge of marriage, the secret he has been hiding for over twenty years threatens to ruin the new life he has built for himself, and Amin is compelled to reveal his hidden past 

Flee will be released in UK cinemas and online in Feb 2022, by Curzon – and keep an eye out for some Q&A news from us in the new year! 

A contemporary take on a bona fide icon of cinema, The Real Charlie Chaplin traces the star’s meteoric rise from the slums of Victorian London to the heights of Hollywood superstardom – and fall from grace following The Great Dictator. 

This is no standard biopic. Peter Middleton and James Spinney, the co-directors of Notes on Blindness (2016), have created an innovative and compelling account based on revelatory, newly-unearthed audio recordings, dramatic reconstructions and a wealth of archive material, bringing us close enough to uncover the real Charles Chaplin.

Altitude are set to release The Real Charlie Chaplin on 18th Feb, and it’s one not to miss. 


The first feature documentary by director Sonita Gale, Hostile explores the UK's complicated relationship with its migrant communities and the evolution of the 'hostile environment'.

Unpicking the past 50-odd years to understand how the country has got to where it is today, and getting to know the real people affected by UK law and policy, Hostile is a film that doesn't pull any punches. But it's also a film that takes the time to give a voice to people whose stories are often ignored or glossed over, following four participants from Black and Asian backgrounds.

Hostile comes to UK cinemas with a Q&A tour from 21st January, more info here Look out for it at Bertha DocHouse on 3rd Feb, tickets on sale soon!