The Reflective Screen: The Documentary as Film Memoir

Intimate documentaries that address issues with the filmmaker's personal life, including their childhood, family, and close friends.

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  • Diaries
  • Intimate Stranger
  • Awful Normal
  • Family Affair
  • No Home Movie
  • Dick Johnson Is Dead
  • Love & Stuff
  • All in My Family
  • Chasing Portraits
  • The Disappearance of My Mother
  • One Child Nation
  • Passing Time
  • Rewind
  • The Best Thing You Can Do with Your Life
  • Evelyn
  • I Go Gaga, My Dear
  • My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  • The Night We Fell
  • To Kid or Not to Kid
  • Abu
  • Acta Non Verba
  • Adriana's Pact
  • Fatherless
  • Garden of Life
  • The Language of Silence
  • My Mother's Letters
  • Origin Story
  • Plot 35
  • 32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide
  • Thank You for Coming
  • Unbroken Glass
  • Unrest
  • Bezness as Usual
  • Cameraperson
  • Crespo (La continuidad de la memoria)
  • Daan's Inheritance
  • Good Luck Soup
  • Look at Us Now, Mother!
  • My Life as a Film
  • Reflections
  • The Closer We Get
  • Familiar Circles
  • A Family Affair
  • From This Day Forward
  • Ida's Diary
  • Nosotras/Ellas
  • On Football
  • Sam Klemke's Time Machine
  • The Silences
  • Visit, or Memories and Confessions
  • The Wolf's Lair
  • A Woman Like Me
  • Cloudy Times
  • Happily Ever After
  • If Mama Ain't Happy, Nobody's Happy
  • Little White Lie
  • My Own Man
  • One Cut, One Life
  • 32+4
  • Titos Brille
  • After You
  • Bà nội
  • Closure
  • First Comes Love
  • Forget Me Not
  • The Genius of Marian
  • i hate myself :)
  • Remembrance
  • First Cousin Once Removed
  • A Lot Like You
  • My Fathers, My Mother and Me
  • OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie
  • Six Million and One
  • Stories We Tell
  • Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology
  • The Flat
  • Grandma, a Thousand Times
  • Papirosen
  • Photographic Memory
  • Walk Away Renee
  • Kati with an I
  • The Kids Grow Up
  • Phyllis and Harold
  • The Thorn in the Heart
  • Boy Interrupted
  • Brothers at War
  • I Shot My Love
  • October Country
  • The Player
  • Suddenly Sami
  • The Beaches of Agnès
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
  • Family, Inc.
  • Forgetting Dad
  • Prodigal Sons
  • The Windmill Movie
  • Her Name Is Sabine
  • Dad's in Heaven With Nixon
  • Hear and Now
  • Must Read After My Death