Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk | co-directors of Athlete A


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Welcome to The Doc Exchange: A Real Stories Podcast, where your favourite non-fiction filmmakers reveal the documentaries that have had a lasting impact on their lives and careers.

This week, we're joined by filmmaking, and life, partners Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. The duo most recently directed the Netflix Original documentary Athlete A, which follows a team of reporters from ​The Indianapolis Star​ as they investigate claims of abuse at USA Gymnastics. Bonni and Jon pick three documentaries, centred around the theme of struggle, that have inspired boldness and courage in their own work.



Athlete A (2020, Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk) // Watch on Netflix.

Long Night's Journey into Day (2000, Deborah Hoffmann, Frances Reid) // Watch on Kanopy in the US.

Street Fight (2005, Marshall Curry) // Rent via Prime Video, Google Play & iTunes in the UK & Watch on Prime Video in the US.

The Crash Reel (2013, Lucy Walker) // Rent via Prime Video in the UK & Apple & Prime Video in the US

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017, Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk) // Rent via Prime Video, Google Play & iTunes in the UK & US

Audrie & Daisy (2016, Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk) // Watch on

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