Hamptons Doc Fest 2020: Three Movies You Need to See

Rachel Feinblatt | December 10, 2020 | Calendar Culture Lifestyle hamptons


Many things may have been canceled this year, but the Hamptons Doc Fest is still on! Through December 13, the ten-day virtual online experience features 35 great documentary films that can be watched in the warmth and comfort of your home.

Grab snacks and stream our top three movie picks straight from your living room!

Fish & Men

There really are not better fish to fry than FISH & MEN, a documentary revealing the threats of commercial fishing. This film highlights the public health concerns through consumer choice, which predicts the global seafood economy. Zooming in on Gloucester, MA, America’s oldest fishing port, the film highlights the high percentage of imported fish and how this economy sells cheap fish for a high cost. Shedding light on the issues in the fishing economy, the film emphasizes the urgency and importance of change in the economic model.

Barney’s Wall: Portrait of a Game Changer

Barney Rosset, the renowned Grove Press publisher, cultural-political activist and filmmaker has been named a badass for more reasons than one. Still, his literary censorship, sexual taboos and racial bigotry took a toll on his career in the 1950s. His work was considered radical at the time, publishing and promoting writers such as Malcolm X and William Burroughs, frustrating yet changing the American culture. This documentary focuses on his lasting impact as a prominent figure in this nation's changing beliefs and morals. Through interviews with his friends, family and those he influenced, his legacy is most certainly lasting and never forgotten.

A Crime On The Bayou

The film is set on the Louisiana bayou, where Gary Duncan notices some white boys tormenting his cousin outside of an integrating school. That same night, Gary is arrested, altering the course of his life forever. His defense is a young Jewish lawyer, Richard Sobol, who agrees to defend Gary. A journey that eventually leads to the Supreme Court, this film highlights persistence and bravery. Duncan v. Louisiana is a major case that has affected numerous trials across the country, shedding light on racial inequality.

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