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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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Niam Itani
Sat 6 Jul 2013Link

Thanks for the suggestions. Will check these out :)



Tiago Pavan
Tue 6 Aug 2013Link

"ELENA, a film by Petra Costa" – This documentary is getting a lot of attention here in Brazil. It's the most watched documentary of the year over here (> 50.000 viewers).


Doug Block
Wed 7 Aug 2013Link

I met Petra at the Tribeca Film Festival a little over a year ago and first heard about it there. Sounded fascinating. Hope it finds its way to the U.S. (and NY City).


Tiago Pavan
Wed 7 Aug 2013Link

Doug, the NY Premiere of Elena will happen this next saturday: August 10, 8:00PM @ Rooftop Films Summer Series – http://rooftopfilms.ticketleap.com/rooftop-films-elena/


Doug Block
Wed 7 Aug 2013Link

Great! Thanks for the heads up, Tiago.


Elizabeth Yoffe
Tue 13 Aug 2013Link

Was blown away and very moved by Wim Wenders' doc "Pina" about brilliant choreographer Pina Bausch and her dance company: http://www.pina-film.de/en/trailer.html


Regan Brashear
Wed 21 Aug 2013Link

In reply to Elizabeth Yoffe 's post on Tue 13 Aug 2013 :

Me too! Such a beautiful film!


Stephanie Hubbard
Mon 26 Aug 2013Link

http://thedocumentaryinsider.com/blogs/stephanie/2009/dec/dd/list-documentaries-view-filmmakers

Here's my list – I can't believe it's from 2009 – seems like I wrote it yesterday – that's what working on movies will do – the year goes a way and instead of the Jurassic or Mesozoic era it's this firm or that film's era.

Edited Mon 26 Aug 2013 by Stephanie Hubbard

Jennifer Talbott
Tue 17 Sep 2013Link

Here's my quick list, especially for anyone nervous or hesitant to give documentaries a try (favorites and 'must-sees'): http://www.theextraordinarilyordinary.com/2013/03/13/watch-these-docs/


David Banco
Tue 19 Nov 2013Link

There has never been a straight forward fact based presentation in either movies or documentaries on Combat PTSD. I attempted to air one on public television in Arizona and it was pulled for reasons of to much factual content?????????? Anyways, I live in Virginia now I am going to put together another one, is there anyone out there that would like to help? Thank you. I just joined The D Word today and I hope to meet some of you incredible folks in order to learn more about the business.


John Burgan
Tue 19 Nov 2013Link

Good to hear from you, David. As this Topic is primarily to recommend films that have impressed you, your request would probably have been better placed in Introduce Yourself Topic, but as it's here now we'll leave it.


John Burgan
Wed 27 Nov 2013Link

More docs streaming for free on the excellent Doc Alliance site – the current offer includes the highly entertaining "Broadway Black Sea" by Vitaly Mansky

http://dafilms.com/event/147-retrospective-vitaly-mansky/


John Burgan
Mon 2 Dec 2013Link

Here's a short film with no dialogue, Stories about a Man by Polish filmmaker Bogdan Dziworski – this is one of those works that lives somewhere between documentary and fiction; make your own mind up.

Edited Mon 2 Dec 2013 by John Burgan

John Burgan
Thu 5 Dec 2013Link

Leacock's Lessons


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
1 day agoLink

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


John Burgan
about 23 hours 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)


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