All the Documentaries You Need to See in June 2022

For June 2022, we spotlight programs showcasing Humphrey Jennings documentaries and LGBTQ+ films for Pride Month.

Paris is Burning June 2022

Welcome to Documental, a monthly column keeping fans of nonfiction films and docuseries up to date on all the documentary content coming to theaters and your favorite streaming services. Here’s a guide to all the essential documentary titles to watch in June 2022.

The month of June is traditionally when kids are out of school, whether it’s at the start of the month or the end. Fortunately, for those who love to keep learning and experiencing new things, documentary programming goes on year-round. And this month brings a lot of great classics and new releases to the big and small screens. Broaden your historical knowledge and your empirical empathy as you watch films and series tackling heavy issues and telling important stories. But be sure to leave some room for some comedy storytelling as well.

Here are some of the highlights from the month followed by a calendar marking all the notable documentaries and other nonfiction programs to watch in June 2022:

Pride Month Programming

Portrait of Jason documentary

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and many of the major streaming services are supporting the occasion. Among the classics you’ll find scattered about this month are The Celluloid Closet on Amazon Freevee, Paris is Burning on HBO Max, After Stonewall on Pluto TV, The Salt Mines on The Criterion Channel, and Portrait of Jason on OVID. Also, as part of the Netflix is a Joke Festival, you’ll find the special Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration, and on Discovery+ there’s a new reality series called Generation Drag. Outside of the streaming services, check out the uncut version of George Michael: Freedom in theaters and the drag queen superstar doc Being BeBe on VOD and Fuse.

The Janes

The Janes abortion documentary

This documentary received decent buzz when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, but it’s, sadly, become a very hot film with an unfortunately very timely subject. The Janes spotlights the titular network offering safe and affordable abortions when they were illegal, before Roe v. Wade. Directed by Tia Lessin (Trouble the Water) and Emma Pildes (producer of Jane Fonda in Five Acts), it’s sure to be an inspiring work in this time of uncertainty regarding a woman’s right to choose in America. If only it was merely a historical showcase. Find it on HBO Max on June 8.

Bernstein’s Wall

Bernstein's Wall documentary

Everyone’s talking about Leonard Bernstein lately. Between Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake and Bradley Cooper’s upcoming Bernstein biopic, Maestro, there’s good reason to be celebrating the legendary conductor and composer. Before you feast on Cooper’s transformational performance in his own study of Bernstein’s life, though, the doc option is finally releasing after a highly acclaimed festival run that started exactly a year ago. Bernstein’s Wall is directed by Douglas Tirola, who previously had us laughing through history with Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead. This one is heading to theaters beginning on June 10.

Humphrey Jennings Documentaries

Fires Were Started Humphrey Jennings

Finally, get a good helping of documentary film history with OVID’s Humphrey Jennings retrospective. Beginning with the 1939 World War II GPO Unit short The First Days, co-directed by Harry Watt and Pat Jackson, the series also includes the Oscar-nominated London Can Take It!, co-directed by Watt, plus The Silent Village, A Diary for Timothy, the hybrid docudrama Fires Were Started, and the Oscar-nominated propaganda film Listen to Britain. Most of these docs are streaming exclusives at OVID, and they drop on the service on June 14.

Documentary Release Calendar for June 2022

DateTitleStreaming ServiceNote
6/1All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks (2018)Amazon Prime VideoPrime Original series
The Celluloid Closet (1995)Amazon FreeveePride Month
Chamisso's Shadow (2016)The Criterion Channel"Directed by Ulrike Ottinger"
Fire Music: The Story of Free Jazz (2021)The Criterion ChannelExclusive streaming premiere
Generation Drag (2022)Discovery+Pride Month
Karen Dalton: In My Own Time (2020)The Criterion ChannelExclusive streaming premiere
How to Survive a Plague (2012)HBO MaxPride Month
McQueen (2018)HBO MaxPride Month
Of Time and the City (2008) The Criterion Channel"Terence Davies / A Retrospective"
Original Cast Album: “Company" (1970)The Criterion Channel"Oversighted: The Musical!"
Paris Calligrammes (2020)The Criterion Channel"Directed by Ulrike Ottinger"
Paris is Burning (1990)HBO MaxPride Month
Prater (2007)The Criterion Channel"Directed by Ulrike Ottinger"
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968)The Criterion Channel"Microbudget Movies"
Taiga (1992)The Criterion Channel"Directed by Ulrike Ottinger"
6/2#ABTalks - Season 2 (2022)Netflix
The Book of Queer (2022)Discovery+Pride Month
Change Days - Season 1 (2022)Netflix
Lands (2009)OVID
Margin (2007)OVID
Plastic Island (2022)Netflix
6/3After Stonewall (1999)Pluto TVPride Month
Codebreaker (2011)Pluto TVPride Month
Deep in the Heart: A Texas Wildlife (2022)In Theaters
Floor is Lava - Season 2 (2022)Netflix
How We Got Gay (2013)Pluto TVPride Month
Joe Papp in Five Acts (2012)PBS American Masters
Love v. Kentucky (2017)Pluto TVPride Month
Mr. Good: Cop or Crook? - Season 1 (2022)Netflix
On My Way with Irina Rimes (2022)HBO MaxMax Original Documentary
Outrage (2009)Pluto TVPride Month
Trixie Motel (2022)Discovery+
6/4Bear Nation (2010)Pluto TVPride Month
6/6Bill Burr Presents: Friends Who Kill (2022)NetflixNetflix is a Joke Festival
Keyboard Fantasies (2019)The Criterion Channel
6/7Being BeBe (2021)VODPride Month
Night Mail (1936)OVID
That’s My Time with David Letterman - Part 1 (2022)NetflixNetflix is a Joke Festival
6/8Finding Kim (2016)Pluto TVPride Month
Hungry for Answers (2022)Discovery+
Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey (2022)NetflixNetflix Original limited series
The Janes (2022)HBO MaxHBO Original Documentary Premiere
The Joneses (2016)Pluto TVPride Month
The Pearl (2016)Pluto TVPride Month
Transgender Nation (2019)Pluto TVPride Month
Transmilitary (2018)Pluto TVPride Month
6/9America ReFramed: The Hand That Feeds (2016)WORLD Channel & PBS
Dr. Delirium & The Edgewood Experiments (2022)Discovery+
My Daughter Joined a Cult (2022)Discovery+
Rhythm + Flow Nouvelle Ecole -Season 1 (2022)NetflixNetflix Original series
Rhythm + Flow Nouvelle Ecole -Season 1 (2022)NetflixNetflix Original series
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021)HBO MaxMax Original Documentary Premiere
Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration (2022)NetflixNetflix is a Joke Festival
6/10Bernstein's Wall (2021)In Theaters
Echoes of the Empire: Beyond Genghis Khan (2021)In Theaters
Hollywood Houselift with Jeff Lewis (2022)Amazon FreeveeAmazon Freevee Original
The Image You Missed (2018)OVIDOVID exclusive
Love in Paradise: The Caribbean -Season 2 (2022)Discovery+
The Patriot Game (1979)OVIDOVID exclusive
Streaming premiere
A Tribute to Bob Saget (2022)NetflixNetflix is a Joke Festival
6/11Amy Schumer’s Parental Advisory (2022)Netflix Netflix is a Joke Festival
6/12Silos Baking Competition (2022)Discovery+
That’s My Time with David Letterman - Part 2 (2022)NetflixNetflix is a Joke Festival
6/13The Gospel of Eureka (2018)The Criterion ChannelPride Month
Pete Davidson Presents: The Best Friends (2022)NetflixNetflix is a Joke Festival
Making Modern with Brooke and Brice - Season 2 (2022)Discovery+
When the Waters Get Deep (2020)WORLD Channel(Also on the KQED Arts YouTube channel)
6/14American Swing (2008)DOX
Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road (2021)PBSAmerican Masters
Chez Jolie Coiffure (2018)The Criterion Channel
A Diary for Timothy (1946)OVID OVID exclusive - Humphrey Jennings Retrospective
Echoes of the Empire: Beyond Genghis Khan (2021)VOD
End of the Line (2021)VOD
The First Days (1940)OVIDOVID exclusive - Humphrey Jennings Retrospective
Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin: Ladies Night Live (2022)NetflixNetflix is a Joke Festival
Jennifer Lopez: Halftime (2022)NetflixNetflix Original
Listen to Britain (1967)OVIDHumphrey Jennings Retrospective
London Can Take It! (1940)OVIDOVID exclusive - Humphrey Jennings Retrospective
The Silent Village (1943)OVIDOVID exclusive - Humphrey Jennings Retrospective
Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful (2012)The Criterion Channel
6/15Anonymous Club (2021)In Theaters
Family Reboot (2022)Disney+
Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend - Season 1 (2022)NetflixNetflix Original series
Sing, Dance, Act: Kabuki featuring Toma Ikuta (2022)NetflixNetflix Original
Snoop Dogg’s F*cn Around Comedy Special (2022)NetflixNetflix is a Joke Festival
Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies and the Internet (2022)NetflixNetflix Original series
Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (2016)ChaiFlicksThe Prime Ministers
6/16America ReFramed: Broken Heart Land (2014)WORLD Channel & PBS
The Kardashians - Season 1 (2022)NetflixNetflix Original series
Martin: The Reunion (2022)BET
6/17An Act of Love (2015)Pluto TVPride Month
Bitterbrush (2021)In Theaters
Chely Wright: Wish Me Away (2011)Pluto TVPride Month
Coming of Age in Cherry Grove (2014)Pluto TVPride Month
Gen Silent (2011)Pluto TVPride Month
Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo (2014)Pluto TVPride Month
Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines - Season 6 (2022)Discovery+
Stay Prayed Up (2021)In Theaters
Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family (2004)Pluto TVPride Month
Where We Call Home - Season 2 (2022)Discovery+
6/18After Jackie (2022)History
6/19Civil: Ben Crump (2022)NetflixNetflix Original
Estonia - Season 2 (2022)Discovery+
Murdaugh Murders: Deadly Dynasty (2022Discovery+
6/20 Born This Way: Awa's Story/The Rogers (2020)WORLD Channel
The Salt Mines (1990)The Criterion Channel
The Transformation (1995)The Criterion Channel
Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987)PBSPOV encore presentation
6/21Being BeBe (2021)FuseBroadcast Premiere - Pride Month
The Future Of… - Season 1 (2022)NetflixNetflix Original series
Joel Kim Booster: Psychosexual (2022)NetflixNetflix Original stand-up special
Remembrance of József Romvári (2020)The Criterion Channel
The Wrecking Crew! (2008)DOX
6/22Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes (2022) HBO MaxHBO Original Documentary Premiere
George Michael: Freedom Uncut (2018)In TheatersPride Month
Golda (2019)ChaiFlicksThe Prime Ministers
We (Nous) (2021)In Theaters
6/23America ReFramed: Little Miss Westie (2020WORLD Channel & PBS
Best of the Festival (2022)NetflixNetflix is a Joke Festival
Blood Ties: The Life and Work of Sally Mann (1994)OVID
Menudo: Forever Young (2022)HBO MaxMax Original Documentary Premiere
6/24At Home With the Gils (2022)Amazon Prime Video
Beba (2021)In Theaters
Bitterbrush (2021)VOD
A Bit of Scarlet (1997)OVIDOVID Celebrates Pride Month!
Fifi Howls from Happiness (2013)OVID OVID Celebrates Pride Month!
The Human Trial (2022)In Theaters
Maria Luiza (2019)OVIDOVID exclusive
Portrait of Jason (1967)OVIDOVID Celebrates Pride Month!
Vedette (2021)In Theaters
6/26Call Me Kuchu (2012)Pluto TVPride Month
Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World (2003)Pluto TVPride Month
Jack Osbourne’s Night of Terror: Bigfoot (2022)Discovery+
The Queen of Ireland (2015)Pluto TVPride Month
A Queer Country (2016)Pluto TVPride Month
6/27Grey Gardens (1975)The Criterion Channel
6/28The China Hustle (2017)DOX
Cristela Alonzo: Middle Classy (2022)NetflixNetflix Original stand-up special
Fannie's Film (1981)The Criterion Channel"Short Films by Fronza Woods"
Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot (2014)DOX
The Wolfpack (2015)DOX
6/29Peace and War (2020)ChaiFlicksThe Prime Ministers
We (Nous) (2021)Mubi
6/30 America ReFramed: Before You Know It (2015)WORLD Channel & PBS
Fright Club (2022)Discovery+
The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)OVIDOVID exclusive

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Christopher Campbell is the founding editor of Nonfics.