Entertainment

Where to Watch All the 2022 Best Documentary Feature Nominees

You can catch most of the nominated non-fiction films from the comfort of your couch.

Searchlight/Hulu
Searchlight/Hulu
Searchlight/Hulu

It’s often the fictional stories that get the most attention at the Oscars, but one of the great things about the ceremony is that it takes time to recognize some of the year’s best nonfiction films as well. This year’s slate of Best Documentary Feature nominees is nothing short of fantastic, highlighting informative and immersive work from around the world.

From an indictment of the Chinese economic system to a detailed examination of a famous prison rebellion, a newspaper in India run only by women, a refugee’s tale that uses animation to protect the subject’s identity, and remastered footage of one of the best concerts you’ve never heard of, it’s hard to pick a favorite out of this year’s honorees. Here is a rundown of everything competing in the category and where you can watch them all right now.

Read our predictions for the Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director races, as well as where you can watch all of the Best International Feature nominees.

MTV Documentary Films
MTV Documentary Films
MTV Documentary Films

Ascension

Immersive and illusory, Jessica Kingdon’s stream-of-consciousness documentary about the paradoxical myth of the Chinese dream presents the stark contrasts of China’s economic classes in mesmerizingly filmed snapshots. Opening with a literal job market, in which prospective employees compete for meager perks, the film pokes holes in the mantra that hard work leads to more opportunity. Every aspect of existence seems commodified by one social class at the expense of another: women in a factory piece together sex dolls according to exact specifications, office workers are instructed to remain professional even when their bosses humiliate them, and an influencer takes selfies while a gardener sweats in the heat just out of frame. The dream of economic advancement seems more like a nightmare.
Where to watch it: Stream it on Paramount+
(Watch the trailer)

Showtime
Showtime
Showtime

Attica

This film from director Stanley Nelson (The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution) tells the story of the riots at the Attica Correctional Facility that began on September 9, 1971, and ended days later when the state took back control of the facility. In documenting the largest and most significant prison uprising in American history, Nelson relies on revealing interviews with inmates, hostages, guards, lawyers, politicians, and the relatives of those involved. He also makes use of revealing footage both inside and outside of the facility, capturing the frenzy and intensity of history as it unfolds. 
Where to watch it: Stream it on Showtime
(Watch the trailer)

Neon/Participant
Neon/Participant
Neon/Participant

Flee

Flee, which was also nominated for Best International Feature, is truly unique. This largely animated documentary, executive produced by Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, is a memoir come to life that is as much about the story it’s telling as it is about what the act of telling that story means to the subject. Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen allows Amin Nawabi to narrate his experiences at his own pace. At present, Nawabi is an Afghan refugee living in Copenhagen with his boyfriend and working with an academic, but Flee uses drawing and archival footage to describe the arduous process of escaping the Mujahideen. The documentary appears to be as revelatory for Nawabi as it is for the audience watching it. Flee is not just about what Nawabi endured, but about the psychological tolls of a childhood constantly on the run.
Where to watch it: Stream it on Hulu or rent via Amazon Prime and Apple TV+
(Watch the trailer)

Searchlight Pictures/Hulu
Searchlight Pictures/Hulu
Searchlight Pictures/Hulu

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

The footage alone would be worth recommending The Roots’ drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s directorial debut, which sold at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival for a record-breaking sum. These recordings of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, a weeks-long musical event that happened the same year as Woodstock, have been unavailable to the public until now, an example of a Black historical artifact being buried. The archival material is incredible, capturing unparalleled performances from Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, The Staples Singers, Mahalia Jackson, Sly and the Family Stone, and so many more acts. Thompson frequently lets the music speak for itself, but also uses it as a guide through the place and the period, showing how Black artists were responding and evolving during the era. Summer of Soul is thoroughly joyous and also enormously vital.
Where to watch it: Stream it on Hulu
(Watch the trailer)

Madman Films
Madman Films
Madman Films

Writing with Fire

Directors Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas examine the rise and future of Khabar Lahariya, a women-run newspaper in India founded in 2002 that translates to “Waves of News.” Almost two decades later, the paper is still up and running, pivoting to digital storytelling while still exposing corruption and uncovering important stories in the region. Writing with Fire, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021 and in select theaters last year, tells the gripping story of the women who put the paper together every week, highlighting the importance of reporting at a time when journalists are often under threat and the profession continues to evolve.
Where to watch it: Available for pre-order on Apple TV+
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Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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