THE PRINCESS – Review by Ukar Alakbarova

The Princess, directed by Ed Perkins, serves as a reminder of how the loss of one particular person can have a significant impact not only on the country where they were from but the entire world. Using archival footage, the documentary reconstructs the life of Lady Diana; how she becomes Prince Charles’ wife, gives birth to two sons, her husband’s infidelity, her attempt to take her own life and rebuild it after divorce, and traveling the world to make it a better place. Her affair with Dodi Al-Fayed and her ultimate death in a tragic car accident. Whether you knew much or nothing, be prepared for a hell of a ride – an emotional roller coaster of the life and death of a woman who is now more alive than ever.

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THE PRINCESS (Sundance FF 2022) – Review by Ulkar Alakbarova

It’s unlikely that there’s anyone who’s never heard of The Princess of Wales, Lady Diana, or Queen of Hearts and the mother of Princes William and Harry, the first wife to Prince Charles, the heir apparent to the British throne. It’s a tragic story surrounding a woman who fought hard for her freedom and to be heard, yet had to ask the media to leave her alone. The Princess is a gut-wrenching documentary that can be passed from generation to generation as knowledge of how famous people should not be treated.

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OSCAR NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY SHORTS 2019 — Review by Diane Carson

Each year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominates five films for the Short Documentary Oscar. This year’s five contenders are in equal measure heartbreaking and uplifting. Each confronts a calamitous problem, and yet individuals achieve breakthroughs to impressive awareness or astonishingly respond admirably to those in dire need.

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