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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2. 'The Work'

At Folsom Prison, there's a program called "Inside Circle" that, for four days, allows select individuals to attend group therapy sessions with convicts. These prisoners are doing hard time for serious crimes; they're also trying to get to the bottom of not only what landed them behind bars but what's at the root of their issues as well. And they're determined to help their new friends from the outside world untangle their own traumas and self-destructive tendencies as well. One of the most intense documentaries of recent memory, filmmaker Jairus McLeary put you front and center as these participants cry, scream, lash out and let it all out – you will not see a more moving testament to the power of healing. In a year in which toxic masculinity finally started getting called out (even as it still infected the highest office in the land), it was remarkably profound to watch this group of hard men try to atone for past behavior, find peace and try to put an end to such socially corrosive behavior.

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