Whether celebrating individuals and movements that helped shaped where dance music culture is today, or commemorating everything coronavirus took from us in spring 2020, the past year and a half has seen the release of an abundance of non-fiction films spotlighting artists, industries and scenes.
Some were produced during the pandemic, catalysed by a need to remember what was, in order to help make it through what is. Others were already slated for release before lockdowns commenced. While great music documentaries open eyes and minds, the best also illicit emotional responses, which is where this list is focused.
In the titles below we’ve got the first full-length documentary about Birmingham’s decade-spanning grime scene, biopics on genderfluid disco icons, and intimate insights into contemporary South American legends. Others raise serious questions about the way the industry works, investigating gender imbalance and sexual assault. Another doc asks us to consider how cultural history can be put at risk of being erased. All are deserving of your time. None should be missed.