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post #41 of 78
Food, Inc.
King Corn
The Business of Being Born
Supersize Me
Super High Me
Loose Change 9/11
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High
No Impact Man
post #42 of 78
Food, Inc.
King Corn
Supersize Me
No Intelligence Allowed
No Impact Man
The Business of Being Born
Affluenza
post #43 of 78
Harlan County, U.S.A.

It's directed by Barbara Kopple and documents a coal miner strike against the Brookside Mine of the Eastover Mining Company in Harlan County Kentucky in 1973. It's a very powerful movie, one of the best and most moving documentaries I've ever seen.
post #44 of 78
The Bridge was the best one I have ever seen. Very powerful. It is about people who jump off of the Golden Gate bridge. It is not as morbid as it sounds. It was just fascinating to see people who have contemplated that.
post #45 of 78
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The Bridge was the best one I have ever seen. Very powerful. It is about people who jump off of the Golden Gate bridge. It is not as morbid as it sounds. It was just fascinating to see people who have contemplated that.
oh, that was a good one!
post #46 of 78
Some preachy but excellent ones:

Why We Fight
The Fog of War
The Corporation
post #47 of 78
Fascinating! I'm trying to get hold of a few of these.

I just saw "Babies" at a film festival and loved it - it follows the first year of four babies from Namibia, Mongolia, Tokyo and San Francisco. No interviews or voiceovers, no subtitles when parents are speaking in the background, just watching the babies. It was enthralling.

I also like Howard Goodall's Big Bangs, a BBC miniseries about the history of music. The first two episodes, about musical notation and equal temperament, are particularly fascinating - he has a good sense of humour and made it fun to watch.

Mad Hot Ballroom is fun too - about kids from several schools (some pretty disadvantaged) competing for a ballroom dancing trophy. SUCH an awesome payoff.
post #48 of 78
Thank you for recommending 'A walk to beautiful'... such a short but wonderfully made documentary.
post #49 of 78
One: the movie
Living Luminaries
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Autism Everyday
What the Bleep Do We Know (sort pseudo documentary meets plot)
Nova (entire series on PBS)
Nova: The Elegant Universe Einstein's Dream (watch for FREE online http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics...-einstein.html
post #50 of 78
Consuming Kids

I just watched it, I have some extra changes to make after this one.
post #51 of 78
Just watched Good Hair last night - very interesting! I write about hair - Caucasian hair, admittedly - and didn't know a lot of the stuff he talked about. I don't think it was a flawless documentary, but it's definitely worth a look. And it had Maya Angelou in it.
post #52 of 78
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I just saw "Babies" at a film festival and loved it - it follows the first year of four babies from Namibia, Mongolia, Tokyo and San Francisco. No interviews or voiceovers, no subtitles when parents are speaking in the background, just watching the babies. It was enthralling.
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Consuming Kids

I just watched it, I have some extra changes to make after this one.
I really want to see Babies!

I've bookmarked Consuming Kids to watch later!
post #53 of 78
Thread Starter 
Thanks to everyone for posting so many documentaries to watch! I'll have enough to keep me occupied for a very long time! Please keep them coming! I'm always for a good documentary!
post #54 of 78
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Consuming Kids

I just watched it, I have some extra changes to make after this one.
Thanks! I'm going to bookmark it to watch tonight!
post #55 of 78
recent ones I've seen that were great were The Cove (have tissues handy) and 8: The Mormon Proposition.
post #56 of 78
Oooh, I thought of some more, these are uplifting and thought provoking:

Available to watch online via Netflix is "A Touch of Greatness". Great biography of a teacher who inspired his students through art, music, and Shakespeare.

Available for free to watch online
http://www.pangeaday.org/pangeadayFilms.php
This was an amazing event several years ago that broadcast over internet, live around the world, many short videos of documentary style stories, and some fiction stuff too. (I especially loved the fem power of "Laura in action" --scroll down list on right, and Dancing Queen choked me up, and many others are incredible)

How could I have forgotten to mention "1 Giant Leap"? This is a wonderful documenary style film with TONS of world music. GREAT music soundtrack!

Then there is also www.globaloneness.org which is another amazing FREE online to watch collection of stories about real people in our beautiful world. Living Service, Seva Cafe, Oursness, and The Land Owns Us, have stayed with me for a long time.

Enjoy and be lifted!
Penny
post #57 of 78
Thread Starter 
I second all of Michael Moore's documentaries!

Also , For the Bible Tells Me So was very interesting look into what the bible really says about homosexuality.

Thanks to everyone who posted their favorite docs! If you think of others, please list them! I just got Netflix and am working my way through this list. I'm so excited to have a number of recommended docs to watch for a LONG time!!
post #58 of 78
I heard an interview with the filmmakers of The Cove on NPR and after hearing that and being unable to stop crying, I knew that I could never watch that. I know I never will.

I'm surprised no one mentioned Who The *&#($&(@$) is Jackson Pollock?
That is the best documentary and gives a twisted and funny glimpse into the art world.

I loved Jesus Camp and loved it twice as much when I rented it and watched it with the director's comments track along with the movie.

I liked the earlier one mentioned--I think it was Off The Grid: Life On The Mesa. Great documentary.

I don't get into the supersize films or anything that doesn't unfold naturally--as if the film makers set off on purpose to do some sort of high school science experiment. But I can see why people do like them.

You know what I'd like to see? I'd like to see a documentary about the family or life of that kid who was the subject of the film/book Into The Wild.
That film ticked me off so badly--I would just like to see the perspective of those around him, instead of the subject of his journey being so glorified. To me, the kid was self-indulgent and truly mentally ill--and that part just seems to have been overlooked in the book and the film--surely someone out there sees things in a different light? Surely someone saw this kid as suffering from mental illness??

Anyway...a little OT...I do love documentaries...great thread
post #59 of 78
lots of good ones people mentioned..
some that didn't get mentioned:
crips and bloods: made in america
this is what democracy looks like
fast food nation
post #60 of 78
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You know what I'd like to see? I'd like to see a documentary about the family or life of that kid who was the subject of the film/book Into The Wild.
That film ticked me off so badly--I would just like to see the perspective of those around him, instead of the subject of his journey being so glorified.
I saw that film without knowing anything about it, and was totally thrown by the ending. I was like "Wha... hang on, he DIED? Well, what's the point of that?" The film as a whole didn't impress me much either, but then I have limited patience with Finding Oneself.

I watched Devil's Playground the other day, and plan to watch The Business of Being Born tonight.
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