10 Best Documentaries of 2017

From families in Philly to protests in Ferguson, sweat shops in Calcutta to head trips in Haight-Ashbury – our picks for the year's best, boldest docs

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9. 'Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond'

Back in 1998, when Jim Carrey was getting ready to play Andy Kaufman in the biopic Man on the Moon, he hired a camera crew to film him getting in touch with his inner Kaufman. "What happened after that was out of my control," he admits in this fascinating doc by Chris Smith (American Movie), as the never-seen-before behind-the-scenes footage those folks shot – of Carrey completely submerged in character, to the frustration of everybody – toggles for screen time with the star looking back on the agony and the ecstasy of it. The result is a quintessential American story, involving fame, disillusionment, father issues, top-notch hermit-beards, Hollywood, identity, comedy, moviemaking and madness.

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