The head of Guardian Documentaries shares news of three new films and explains how the medium can tell a uniquely diverse range of stories
The next few months will see some exciting developments in the Guardian Documentaries strand of short films. Since I joined the Guardian in October 2014, my colleagues and I in the video team have been upping the ante in our quality and range of stories. The strand has become a rare opportunity to commission top international filmmakers to make films of 15-30 minutes – comparatively long for an online video – that take us in-depth into untold stories about real people. The current slate of films, which you’ll be seeing soon, we think reflects the ideal crossover point of journalism, storytelling and visual flair.
We’re releasing three challenging new documentaries in consecutive weeks at the end of July and start of August. White Fright (20 July) is about an under-reported attempted attack on a Muslim community in upstate New York. Cops and Robbers (27 July) features an NYPD police officer with a troubling past that is unexpectedly revealed. Little Pyongyang (3 August) takes us into the world of the North Korean community in suburban London, the biggest community of North Koreans outside the Korean peninsula.