Recommended Documentaries

Recommended Docs

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This is a topic where you can say which documentary has really impressed you, and why people should see it. Can be a recent one or an all-time favourite. Can't be your own though, sorry...

This topic is for praising the work of others, not your own. If you want to beat the drum for your own documentary, please don't do it here. Fans use our Public Classifieds, and Professionals have their own Shameless Self-Promotion topic.

We also have a Documentary Films topic for our Professionals where the debate is private and possibly more controversial. This topic here is for recommendations to the documentary-interested public.

Doug Block
Host

Wow, sounds like an uplifting, ennobling doc if ever I heard of one.  Your recommendations are elevating us to a whole new level here, Diego.

ondrea barbe
Pro

hello, excited to read through all these posts!  I wanted to know if anybody had suggestions of short docs, projects, etc of personal stories told by the director about family,passage of time and losing loved ones- .  I have seen so many- 2 that I appreciated for different reasons and also very different  "Time of Death" showtime, and Magie Steber Rite of passage -  let me know if anything comes to mind! thank you

 

Doug Block
Host

Well, my own 51BIRCH STREET fits that description. It's a feature doc, though.

Jillian Mourning
Fan

I am a college professor looking for recommendations for a film that shows peacebuilding. I currently show My So-Called Enemy in my Media and Peace course, but would like to to show one or two other films where the documentary depicts the idea of creating peace in the film.

Thank you for your help!

John Burgan
Host

Marjan is one of the Co-Hosts here at The D-Word, I've just alerted her to this issue, I'm sure she'll get back to you soon.

Do check out the film, I feel you would really appreciate it.

 

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Pasquale Iero
Fan

Hello,

I am a PhD student in computational linguistic at the Open University (UK), I am looking for publicly available reliable documentary scripts (and possibly the related videos) in order to extract material to be used for automated analysis.

I would be grateful if anyone who would know of the existence of a repository on this theme would send me this important links.

Thank you very much.

Best wishes.

John Burgan
Host

Not entirely clear what you are looking for, Pasquale - do you mean transcripts, i.e. verbatim records of documentary/interview material?

Pasquale Iero
Fan

In reply to John Burgan's post on Sat 5 Nov 2016:

 Hi John,

Thank you for your reply. 

Yes, I am looking for written material along with the documentaries themselves. I am not sure whether documentaries are scripted before they are filmed. If they are, the script would be more useful than the transcript.

I am worried that this kind of material would not be publicly available and there could be copyright problems.

By the way, it seems strange that a repository like this does not exist already.

John Burgan
Host

I am not sure whether documentaries are scripted before they are filmed

Generally speaking, fiction films are scripted before shooting whereas documentaries are not (with the exception of educational/didactic films which are essentially illustrated lectures. 

To be honest, it's rather difficult to understand your concerns and indeed what you are actually looking for in the documentary field, and why.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Some historical and nature films may be scripted before filming, but most documentaries are not. There may be a treatment, but it can't always predict how what is being filmed will unfold. While some filmmakers may create an editing script once filming is complete, others may just have an outline or verbal conversations with the editor. Once picture is locked, one might need to create a script version if your film may need subtitling, dubbing, or captions, but such scripts are more for internal use.

Pasquale Iero
Fan

Hello, John, Erica,

I must have said something wrong? Apologies, I did not intent to hurt or offend anybody with my query.

Best wishes.

Niam Itani
Host

You don't need to worry, Pasquale. I think everyone needs a day (or seven) to recuperate from our fantastic elections. But we will all resurface ;) 

I have to say, as someone who loves AI and filmmaking, I am intrigued with your project and wish you the best of luck!

John Burgan
Host

No offence, Pasquale, however I am travelling at the moment and not able to check emails so frequently. Not sure I can advise, but you can reach me on my D-Word email address

Pasquale Iero
Fan

Hi John, Erica,

Thank you for your reply. I will contact John through the D-Word email address.

Best wishes.

Judith Steele Parolini
Pro

In reply to Pasquale Iero's post on Sat 5 Nov 2016:

 Pasquale, Not sure where you are doing your PhD, but in Oz any University student has access to the thesis data base. On there you will find Doctors of Creative arts - and in your case you will want thesis + film. In the appendices of the thesis you can possibly find what you are looking for. You need to contact the University Librarian and see what there is available. There are copyright issues. As others have said docos usually do not have scripts- mine will because it is an academic enterprise and also needs to be subtitled.  hope this helps. judy


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