Worth a Thousand Words: Non-Verbal Non-Fiction

Meditative documentaries that deliver their message through a wealth of visual imagery rather than with conventional narration or interviews. These films often boast stunning cinematography, engaging soundtracks, and hypnotic editing styles that range from kinetic overload to zen-like restraint. Watch them on the biggest screen you can.

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  • Koyaanisqatsi
  • Baraka
  • Microcosmos
  • Lessons of Darkness
  • Leviathan
  • Earth
  • over there
  • Aquarela
  • The Ancient Woods
  • Homo Sapiens
  • Topophilia
  • Beyond Zero: 1914-1918
  • Biosphere
  • Epic Java
  • Into the Mind
  • Visitors
  • Bestiary
  • Nightfall
  • People's Park
  • Abendland
  • Samsara
  • small roads
  • ¡Vivan las Antipodas!
  • Babies
  • Die Narbe. Westberlin
  • Disorder
  • Ruhr
  • Sweetgrass
  • Laya Project
  • Animals in Love
  • Ashes and Snow
  • Our Daily Bread
  • Dogora: Ouvrons les yeux
  • Earth from Above
  • Fascinating Nature 3
  • Ten Skies
  • 13 Lakes
  • Bodysong
  • Decasia
  • Naqoyqatsi
  • Sogobi
  • Winged Migration
  • El Valley Centro
  • Kestrel's Eye
  • Tarch Trip
  • From the East
  • Latcho Drom
  • Anima Mundi
  • Atlantis
  • Water and Power
  • Powaqqatsi
  • Forest of Bliss
  • Chronos
  • The Blue Planet
  • Story of Night
  • Fata Morgana