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

10. 'Quest'

Jonathan Olshefski's portrait of a family living in North Philadelphia starts with local record producer Christopher "Quest" Rainey and his wife, Christine'a Rainey, stumping for Obama's first presidential campaign; it ends with Trump declaring that the way that African-Americans are living in inner cities is a disgrace. ("What does he know about how we live?" she asks. The answer, of course, is: not a damn thing.) It's what happens in between those two historical moments, from minor arguments to major setbacks, communal protest to potential crime-related tragedies, that makes this look at how the political bleeds into the personal (and vice versa) so profoundly moving. That, and the pleasure of the Raineys' company, a couple who wether the good, the bad and the ugly together.