‘I want to break cinema’: is Dick Johnson Is Dead the most radical film of 2020?

When film-maker Kirsten Johnson’s father developed dementia, she decided to make an unusual Netflix documentary that challenges our notions of realityWe’re living in boom times for non-fiction cinema, what may be one of the most creatively fertile periods in the history of the American documentary.

Aside from the more obvious breakout hits, there’s a small but exciting movement of boundary-pushing films that endeavor to deconstruct and expand our understanding of the form, a set of innovative screen experiments that find elusive truths through contrived circumstances.Related: The Mole Agent: the story of the most unusual documentary of the year

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