Memorable Documentaries

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ffj
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I enjoy a good documentary, and I thought I would list some of them that have been memorable or high quality. I am hoping the rest of you will list your favorites also. I would only ask that the ones with a heavy-handed agenda be left out, but any subject is open.

Some favorites:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtyY0CXdiNo
This one will break your heart; it's worth watching however.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WldZazpFy7I
Politics, revenge, and human weakness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdJYzgJ4CwI
Greed and vanity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOUYPnpJsK0
Really interesting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79IUKC9gS-8
Really fun to watch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC5bpPfltOI
Holy crap

I'll list more as I think of them. Everybody please join in.

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Not sure if it's one of your list but this is one of the best and most important documentaries ever made:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Century_of_the_Self

'The words of Paul Mazur, a leading Wall Street banker working for Lehman Brothers in 1927, are cited: "We must shift America from a needs- to a desires-culture. People must be trained to desire, to want new things, even before the old have been entirely consumed. [...] Man's desires must overshadow his needs."[7]'

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I went through a big documentary phase. There were a lot I really enjoyed but have since forgotten about. I'm really wishing I'd made a list of my favorites. Here are some:

- Iro Dreams of Sushi
- Surfwise (The first half at least)
- Planet Earth

For those with any interest in bicycle racing, these are my favorites:
- Hell on Wheels (The original title is ~Hollentour. Most of the speaking is in German and French. Has subtitles)
- Road to Roubaix

Others:
- Alone in the Wilderness (Dick Proenneke)
- I remember "Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine" being enthralling, but maybe not the greatest documentary

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ffj wrote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdJYzgJ4CwI
Greed and vanity
I love that one! It takes quite the turn.

Another favorite of mine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zet7g8AifJs

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Riding Giants ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K72balyyDOQ (edit: better link)

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Baraka, Samsara, and the Planet Earth series

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Damnation - why dams should be removed
No Impact Man - family tries to live without environmental impact

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epMAq5WYJk4

Well down without the preachiness of a foodie. All four parts are good.

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Long time lurker, and, of course, the food documentary is what inspires me to finally join the discussion :P

Anyways, thanks ffj for linking to the trailer for "Cooking"; I watched the first episode and thoroughly enjoyed it!

After watching that episode on Netflix, I stumbled upon the "World War II in Colour" series (currently on episode 1).

Hmm, maybe I should start paying my brother for half of the Netflix bill....then again, I may just be making up for when I was paying for it the last time we shared the account... :lol:

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Aha, I drew someone out of the woodwork. Glad you enjoyed something I did; it makes me feel inclusive. There's some good stuff out there.

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Cowspiracy, best thing I saw so far this year, it's about animal agriculture, sustainability and overpopulation. - http://www.cowspiracy.com/

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@vexed

I've watched a lot of the food/environmental docs and I have to say Cowspiracy really surprised me with how good it was, at least as far as it really made me think much more so than the others. Well worth watching.

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How nasty is Cowspiracy? Some of those are too harsh to watch (for me, anyway).

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@jennypenny Cowspiracy is not too harsh. Nothing like many of the vegan - promoting documentaries which show lots and lots of death and torture and abuse. Not that such things should be ignored, it just tries to be much more abstract about everything. I also really liked the documentary... until I dug into it and found the facts and figures he quotes the whole movie come from one single paper and are not nearly as scary as they seem.

For instance he quotes the amount of water it takes to make 1 lb of beef (including embedded water in the feed). This number seems insanely high, until you compare it with any other food you have ever eaten. Significantly less than nuts, etc.

The narrator also gets a lot of satisfaction from barging into places, pushing his facts and figures from an obscure paper, and then acting like the interviewee not having heard these numbers before and disagreeing with them proves his points.

I agree with a lot of the things the narrator says, I just think they are provided in a poor manner.

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vexed87 wrote:Cowspiracy, best thing I saw so far this year, it's about animal agriculture, sustainability and overpopulation. - http://www.cowspiracy.com/

This makes me glad I stopped eating beef a long time ago. The odd burger out has slipped in once in a while, maybe once a month....which is the way it should be. Meat should be a side dish, maybe 1/10 of your diet if even that.

Its docs like this that really make me wonder how this will all come to a stop....and what the world will look like even by the end of my life.

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Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield. Much better book, but the documentary is a good intro into the covert operations the US has run since 9/11 and why a lot of the rest of the world sees us in a much different light. Blatant disregard for the Geneva Convention, foreign law, etc.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Trck8tVtYyo

This one explores the reactions and thought processes of the people affected from a horrible tragedy.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F-525sCzhE

Wonderful look into assisted suicide from the patients viewpoint. I can't believe I forgot this one.

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A nice little nugget from the 90's called Affluenza.

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