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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6. 'Machines'

First-timer Rahul Jain takes his cameras in a textile factory right outside of Calcutta in search of answers. What he emerges with is a poetic, humanistic look at a sweatshop that leaves its didacticism at the front door. The ending, in which his subjects ask the man behind the camera how he will actually help them feels like a damning indictment of first-world complicity, third-world exploitation and the whole notion of social-justice docmaking in one fell swoop.

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