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Recommended Documentaries

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...

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.

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. Enthusiasts use our Public Classifieds, and Professionals have their own Shameless Self-Promotion topic.

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John Burgan
Thu 12 Dec 2013Link

Krzysztof Kieslowski's second film Urzad / Office made when he was still at film school


Bill Jackson
Sun 15 Dec 2013Link

In reply to John Burgan's post on Thu 5 Dec 2013 :

Brilliant. And, his voice in the beginning is so clear and rich-sounding.


Kurt Engfehr
Mon 16 Dec 2013Link

In reply to John Burgan's post on Thu 5 Dec 2013 :

the slate says that little doc was directed by Peter Wintonick.


John Burgan
Sat 11 Jan 2014Link

This is the true story of Kendrick, a young, black calf roper grafting through the local, all-white rodeo circuits in the southern United States. He practices and competes relentlessly, with dreams of one day making it to the National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas.

Winner of "Best Documentary" and "Best Cinematography" at the One Club One Screen Awards. Official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, 2013 SXSW Film Festival, and the 2013 True/False Film Festival.

The film is currently being developed into the feature documentary "Rookie" (working title).

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Rob Rooy
Mon 13 Jan 2014Link

Nice, John. Thanks for sharing.


John Burgan
Thu 6 Feb 2014Link

Film by Indian filmmaker Supriyo Sen on the curious rituals of the Wagah border ceremony


Elissa Bogos Mirzaei
Wed 12 Feb 2014Link

In reply to John Burgan's post on Thu 6 Feb 2014 :

Fascinating--thanks for posting that.


Nick Higgins
Mon 17 Feb 2014Link

Fascinating and highly bizarre too.


Andy Schocken
3 days agoLink

Thanks for the link, John. Reminded me of this scene in Planet Earth (right down to the hats).


John Burgan
2 days agoLink

Brilliant! While we're at it, here's the ultimate parade film...Defilada shot in North Korea in 1988 by Polish director Andrzej Fidyk. English subtitles available (click on captions) – for some reason the link sometimes starts half way through the film, but you can scroll back to the beginning.

Edited about 11 hours ago by John Burgan

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