"Fahrenheit 11/9" is about the state of the union under President Donald Trump, with segments about teachers who walked out last spring and student activists against school violence.
The film from the National Geographic Society has a lighter touch than "Inventing Tomorrow," another film from this year about the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
The compelling documentary series about about one year at a racially diverse suburban high school, from the co-director of "Hoop Dreams," premieres on Starz on Aug. 26.
Fired White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman writes that President Donald Trump last year referred to the education secretary as "Ditzy DeVos" and said she wasn't long for the job.
Steve James, the directory of the noted film about high school basketball and of other serious documentaries trains his cameras on a large, racially diverse high school in "America to Me."
"Inventing Tomorrow" tracks students from India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States as they bring their research projects to an international science fair.
"Personal Statement," which follows three students from low-income high schools through college admissions, was one of several education-themed documentaries at the festival.
Students from the Parkland, Fla., school that was the site of a mass shooting Feb. 14, sang at the awards show that recognized their teacher Melody Herzfeld.
Education journalists from around the nation gathered in Los Angeles with a focus on the scourge of school violence, the recent wave of teacher activism, and other topics.
Students, parents, and educators are bracing for the May 19 release of the show about a high school student's suicide and other controversial topics.