I don’t watch a lot of documentaries, but there were quite a few good ones released in 2013. Over at Christianity Today, Asher Gelzer-Govatos made the surprising connection between those docs and St. Augustine:
Plenty of good documentaries are made in this style: it dominates the genre. But 2013 yielded a number of documentaries which push the boundaries of the form. Films like The Act of Killing, Stories We Tell, 56 Up, and Room 237 are experimental documentaries whose particular take on how “true” stories are told owe a huge debt, conscious or otherwise, to St. Augustine of Hippo, the fifth-century bishop who wrote the book that is widely considered the world’s first memoir. None of these documentaries are religious, but some of their key characteristics can be traced back to Augustine.