The Tribeca Film Festival offers a robust collection of documentaries that illuminate everything from Ford's relaunch of the Mustang ("A Faster Horse") to the lives of children living in a Bucharest drug den ("Toto and His Sisters") and famous comedians dishing on the plight of famous comedians ("Misery Loves Comedy").

These are some of the most notable and intriguing non-fiction flicks premiering over the next eleven days.

"(T)error"

Talk about staggering achievements: Filmmakers Lyric R. Cabral
Talk about staggering achievements: Filmmakers Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe follow an undercover FBI informant as he is assigned to investigate a Taliban sympathizer in Pittsburgh. It's a real life, undercover thriller, captured with a discrete touch mandated by the circumstances that still allows for a probing look at the psychological ramifications of the War on Terror as it plays out through paranoid texts and clandestine meetings on the homefront. (Credit: David Felix Sutcliffe)

"Thought Crimes"

The case of the
The case of the "Cannibal Cop," Gilberto Valle, is examined in a film by Erin Lee Carr (daughter of the late, great New York Times columnist David) that looks at the legal questions surrounding the former NYPD officer's conviction of conspiracy charges stemming from web postings detailing vile fantasies. (Credit: Andrew Coffman)

"Cartel Land"

A sprawling look at life on the front
A sprawling look at life on the front lines of the war against drug cartels in Mexico, this gripping film by Matthew Heineman explores the dangerous and messy moral dilemmas that arise when vigilante groups on both sides of the border take action. It's fair to say the filmmaker risked his life to make this and it's a must see. (Credit: Matthew Heineman )

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"Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle"

Movies don't get much more topical than this
Movies don't get much more topical than this one, which looks at the history of the taser from multiple perspectives, while being oriented around the many people who have been killed by one at the hands of police nationwide. (Credit: Nate Truesdell )