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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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Keith O'Shea
Thu 17 Mar 2011Link

'Darwin's Nightmare', one of the most frightening films I've seen.

Keith O'Shea
Thu 17 Mar 2011Link

'To see if I'm smiling', caught this late one night by chance and was bewildered that it had not been on earlier and promoted.

Nick Higgins
Thu 17 Mar 2011Link

LIFE AND DEBT is great if you want to see how the world really works for most of it's inhabitants

John Burgan
Thu 17 Mar 2011Link

In reply to Thomas Papapetros's post on Thu 17 Mar 2011 :

Never heard of this till now. Sounds like a controversial choice many different versions too.

Mascha Poppenk-Bouwens
Fri 18 Mar 2011Link

'Grown in Detroit', check out the trailer and witness that good things can come out of bad things...


Ben Kempas
Fri 18 Mar 2011Link

Mascha, as mentioned above, please do not use this topic to promote your own work.

Jason Osder
Fri 18 Mar 2011Link

For my money, it is hard to beat 2008 Oscar winner MAN ON WIRE.

Doug Block
Fri 18 Mar 2011Link

In reply to Mascha Poppenk-Bouwens's post on Fri 18 Mar 2011 :

Folks, from here on we'll simply delete any post with a self-promotional angle to it. So don't even bother.

Jo-Anne Velin
Sat 19 Mar 2011Link

Mon tout petit/Mein Kleines Kind, Katja Baumgarten. The midwife carries her child to term knowing well ahead s/he will not survive long. She made her own film about this.

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Erica Ginsberg
Sun 20 Mar 2011Link

One of my faves is Heddy Honigmann's THE UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA. Unfortunately no online trailer or way to get the film other than at the institutional rate on Icarus. which is not very realistic for a filmmaker who just wants to check out the work of another filmmaker. But if you want to see it and other films of hers on DVD, there is a Facebook movement

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