Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival, or DOC LA, kicks off its program on October 16. Organized by Martiros M. Vartanov of the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute, the five-day festival will screen outstanding recent American and international films at the legendary Raleigh Studios. Titles this year include What’s Eating Raphie May?, a portrait of the late comedian by Catherine Rhinehart; Stuart X, Thibault Upton’s horrifying true-life tale of a man who spent 40 years in psychiatric hospitals after being misdiagnosed with mental illness; This Little Land of Mines, directed by Erin McGoff, about the people of Laos who grew up among millions of un-detonated bombs dropped during the Vietnam War; Selling Lies (director: Leslie Iwerks), a look at the fake political news epidemic that impacted the 2016 U.S. presidential election; and The Wild, which follows filmmaker Mark Titus to the Alaskan wilderness to save endangered salmon.
Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, Wed., Oct. 16- Sun., Oct. 20, various showtimes; $10 per ticket. docla.org.