The new year finds several superstar docs as well as projects digging into both the recent and resonant past

After a year that often seemed more fiction than fact, 2021 offers a slate of documentaries that, like many of us, had different plans for 2020. Films scheduled for release last year on superstars such as Rihanna, Billie Eilish and the Beatles are now on track for 2021 debuts. Some, such as Questlove’s film on 1969’s Harlem Cultural Festival, seem fitted to the nation’s cultural reckoning with racial injustice, while Antoine Fuqua’s film on the NBA shutdown in March directly addresses the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests themselves. With many release dates still in flux due to ongoing logistical concerns, here are eight of the most anticipated documentaries of 2021:

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