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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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Vivian Kleiman
Tue 6 May 2014Link

Leah Mahan's doc "Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek" chronicles the assault on an African-American community founded in the days of Reconstruction on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. It's now available to screen online thru the end of May.

Robert Goodman
Thu 15 May 2014Link

Route 181. Jaffa, the orange's clockwork.

Tanner Wolfe
Sat 17 May 2014Link

Hi. I'm looking for any docs done in Cuba in the last 5 years or so. Any topic. And I'm curious about any piece with especially good cinematography.

Elizabeth Westrate
Mon 19 May 2014Link

In reply to Robert Goodman's post on Thu 15 May 2014 :

Thanks, Robert!

Ellen Brodsky
Wed 21 May 2014Link

In reply to Elizabeth Westrate's post on Mon 5 May 2014 : Here's an amazing one on early history based on diaries. "The Diaries of Yossef Nachmani"

Julia Guest
Thu 22 May 2014Link

In reply to Tanner Wolfe's post on Sat 17 May 2014 :

A TV production by the BBC.. memorable part of around the world in 80 gardens

Tanner Wolfe
Fri 23 May 2014Link

Thanks Julia. I'll take a look.

Hanna Aneröd
Fri 23 May 2014Link

If anyone here is on Pinterest (or want to join) I've started a group board where people can give tips on docs and indie films they like. I haven't found any other group board for docs and hopes it will grow big because it's great spreading docs and indies more. It's also possible to add a Indiegogo or Kickstarter project one believe in.

Doug Block
Sat 24 May 2014Link Tag

Thanks, Hanna. I'm really keen on learning more about Pinterest. I'm pretty clueless. When I have a moment to come up for air, I'll be in touch about joining your group.

Hanna Aneröd
Sat 24 May 2014Link

Pinterest is great for those who like the visual side of things. If Twitter are for word-lovers I guess Pinterest is for the eyes. It's pretty easy once you have some time over to get into it.

Will Paice
Thu 12 Jun 2014Link

Just returned from the Sheffield (UK) Doc/Fest. What an amazing event! I was mostly in meetings and at industry sessions, but I did catch a couple of great films, one of which was "Regarding Susan Sontag", directed by Nancy Kates with beautiful cinematography by Sophie Constantinou. Due for broadcast later this year.

Ryan Ferguson
Thu 12 Jun 2014Link

In reply to Tanner Wolfe's post on Sat 17 May 2014 :

if you haven't yet, check out UNFINISHED SPACES

Malkia K. Lydia
Thu 12 Jun 2014Link

Hello all. I had the good fortune of attending the INPUT conference last month in Helsinki. I've been meaning to share about the goodies I saw. Two of the most moving documentaries I've seen in a long time, although very different from each other were Shosh Shlam's Web Junkie (about the treatment camps established in China for young people addicted to internet games) and Anne Rizzo and Thomas Sipp's Super Fungi: Can Mushrooms Help Save The World (the title is the best description.) Mannnnnn! Had me contemplating the history and future and meaning of human life and all those other places I go when I am moved by great art and powerful stories. There was also a very sweet, compelling web series out of Colombia that matches beautiful animation with brief oral histories, called Old Folks' Tales Good, good stuff.

Tanner Wolfe
Mon 16 Jun 2014Link

In reply to Ryan Ferguson's post on Thu 12 Jun 2014 :

Thanks for that. Very interesting doc. I'll have to look into that.

Jill Woodward
Tue 17 Jun 2014Link

second Ryan's recommendation for Unfinished Spaces!

Rebecca Alvin
Wed 25 Jun 2014Link

In reply to Tanner Wolfe's post on Sat 17 May 2014 :

There is a brand new one called "Alumbrones." It is specifically about Cuban artists. It was just at the Provincetown International Film Festival, but I'm not sure where else it is headed.

Nell Carden Grey
Fri 27 Jun 2014Link

In reply to Tanner Wolfe's post on Sat 17 May 2014 :
I don't think it's finished yet (they just did a Kickstarter that ended in May), but Havana Motor Club by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt is a Cuba film.

Also Unfinished Spaces looks great. Always a little tripped out by how much Fidel Castro reminds me of my Abuelo (Cuban grandfather).

Elizabeth Yoffe
Tue 1 Jul 2014Link

"The Square" was really an excellent documentary. One of the best I've seen recently. Also, was amazed by how strong "Gimme Shelter" was after seeing it again recently. It absolutely stands the test of time.

Elizabeth Yoffe
Fri 4 Jul 2014Link

Another great doc I just saw: "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me". Really beautifully done.

Bill Kerrigan
Mon 11 Aug 2014Link

I just returned from a shoot in Saskatchewan.
The flight is long enough to watch a couple of films, but after looking at the selection list, which included Hollywood blockbusters… I had no interest in any of them except for one.
After landing, I discovered the other two crew members choose to watch the same film.

Thank you Doug Block… we loved 112 Weddings!

Malkia K. Lydia
Mon 11 Aug 2014Link

I saw Inside Job for the first time recently. WOW.

Doug Block
Mon 11 Aug 2014Link

In reply to Bill Kerrigan's post on Mon 11 Aug 2014 :

You're totally welcome, Bill. How cool! What airline?

Bill Kerrigan
Mon 11 Aug 2014Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Mon 11 Aug 2014 11:35 EDT :
Air Canada

Edited Mon 11 Aug 2014 by Bill Kerrigan

Elizabeth Westrate
Wed 13 Aug 2014Link

In reply to Malkia K. Lydia's post on Mon 11 Aug 2014 :

Inside Job is amazing. As is 112 Weddings! :)

Romeo Fabian
5 days agoLink

Amazing documentary I just watched called BARZAN. Follows an Iraqi refugee in Seattle who is accused of being a terrorist by the US Government after the 9/11 attacks.

The film isn't out yet but will be available on iTunes, Amazon, and cable VOD September 2nd. Definitely worth checking out!

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