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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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Andy Schocken
Thu 17 Apr 2014Link

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


John Burgan
Thu 17 Apr 2014Link

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 Sun 20 Apr 2014 by John Burgan

Elizabeth Westrate
Mon 5 May 2014Link

Any suggestions for docs that focus on the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict? I know the basics but I am seeking a broader understanding. Thanks!


Niam Itani
Mon 5 May 2014Link

Here is a four hour comprehensive one we made at Al Jazeera in 2008, told from an Arab Point of view:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm7dMhE80dw


John Burgan
Mon 5 May 2014Link

For another important historical angle, you could check out D-Worder Rachel Leah Jones excellent "Ashkenaz"


Elizabeth Westrate
Tue 6 May 2014Link

Great, I'm gonna make some popcorn and fill my brain. (Fill it with knowledge, that is. Not popcorn.)


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.

http://worldchannel.org/programs/episode/come-hell-or-high-water-battle-turkey-creek/


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"
http://firstrunfeatures.com/yossefnachmani_educational.html


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.

http://www.pinterest.com/healthymeyou/documentaries-and-indie-films/


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.


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