6. Karl Marx City
Released: March 29
Director: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker (Gunner Palace)
Why it’s great: Filmmakers constantly work through their personal matters through the documentary medium, but rarely is the result as intriguing and enriching as this dual investigation of Epperlein’s father and fatherland. She and Tucker, her regular collaborator, head to Chemnitz, Germany, known as "Karl Marx City" when the country was divided, to find out if her dad was a Stasi informant. Along the way, she uncovers stunning truths about the place she grew up in but never really knew. Shot in stylish black and white, accompanied by a trove of State archive footage, including rare surveillance clips, the creative narrative and visual devices employed never prove distracting but rather augment a nonfiction tale that blends past and present, memory and discovery.
Where to see it right now: Stream on Netflix (watch the trailer)