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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...

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Jill Woodward
Wed 16 Mar 2011Link

In reply to Nick Higgins's post on Wed 16 Mar 2011 :

I second COUNTDOWN TO ZERO, screen it as a double feature with INTO ETERNITY for a completely relevant and mind blowing evening.


John Burgan
Wed 16 Mar 2011Link

An earlier environmental disaster in Japan: Minamata, The Victims of Their World

Edited Wed 16 Mar 2011 by John Burgan

John Burgan
Wed 16 Mar 2011Link

Another aftermath of a catastrophic event: Iraq in Fragments by James Longley. One man with a video camera: children & war


John Burgan
Wed 16 Mar 2011Link

And just for inspiration: Perlov Diary by David Perlov. Filmmaker's first shot: out the window. Start with your own backyard.

Edited Wed 16 Mar 2011 by John Burgan

Nick Higgins
Wed 16 Mar 2011Link

BARAKA; The holy grail of documentary cinematography imho


Marj Safinia
Wed 16 Mar 2011Link

American Movie is possibly my all time funniest doc choice ever, about obsessive moviemaking.


Marj Safinia
Wed 16 Mar 2011Link

Closely followed by the gem, Exit Through the Gift Shop, also about obsessive movie making, in a strange sort of way...


Marj Safinia
Wed 16 Mar 2011Link

And just to round out a trio of great films about obsessive movie making, don't forget Lost in La Mancha.


Danielle Beverly
Wed 16 Mar 2011Link

Streetwise: My absolute favorite and the one that helped me understand that a documentary was different than a fiction film.

http://www.maryellenmark.com/films/titles/streetwise/screening_room/streetwise_rat_jump.html


Summers Henderson
Thu 17 Mar 2011Link

There's a very good documentary made by New Zealand filmmaker Justin Pemberton called The Nuclear Comeback (2008) about the question of whether or not nuclear power is what we need, to have more environmentally friendly energy production. (I made a documentary on the same subject, but it's not nearly as good.) Pemberton tries to give both sides of the debate an even chance to make their case – but it's hard not to notice that the main proponent of nuclear energy is an arrogant jerk. Nonetheless, the trend has been towards a huge, global renaissance in nuclear power. I suspect that the currently unfolding tragedy in Japan might change that. Let's all hope that it doesn't turn out to be as bad as it could be (and as I suspect it is).

But probably my favorite documentary on nuclear issues is Radio Bikini (1987) from director Robert Stone, about the nuclear bomb tests carried out by the US military after WWII. It's mostly constructed from archival footage – masterfully edited. But it's elevated to being more than just an archival film by two poignant interviews – one with a native Pacific islander who was forced to leave his home by the tests, and one with a US sailor who was part of the testing, and became an unwitting test subject. Highly recommended as an example of a historical documentary that packs a punch.


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