Wow. Truly exceptional filmmaking.
Because the film doesn’t rely on the heavy-handed editing typical of so many mainstream American documentaries - unnecessary explanatory voiceovers, jaunty scores accompanying every goddam scene, very obvious postproduction sound editing - the audience, rather than having the narrative spoon-fed to them, is invited to be more present as they watch the events unfold onscreen. It allows the film to achieve moments which are shocking yet restrained, tragic without feeling exploitative. One of the best documentaries in recent years.