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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7. 'Whose Streets?'

A boots-on-the-ground look at the aftermath of Michael Brown Jr.'s murder and the sparks of a movement that sprang from it, Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis's impressionistic collection of testimonies, frontline dispatches and citizen journalism from the days of rage in Ferguson, Missouri, could not feel more essential. Cops fire shots, rioters set fires, tanks roll down Main Street and everyday folks become fed up and then radicalized. At the center of it all is a deep anger, but also a sense of hope – any movie that ends with both an answer to the title question and a preteen girl screaming that it's duty to fight the power has no time for just wallowing in pessimism. 

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