I love documentaries. There’s something special about watching an hour long investigation or examination about a topic I find interesting. Granted, some documentaries tend to have an agenda or a position that they are taking and some are just plain kooky (911 conspiracies, Nostradamus, Crystal skulls, Bermuda Triangle, faith healers, UFOs, Bigfoot and on and on). But there are still a bunch of other doc films that look at serious topics with a more balanced eye.
One of my favorite sites for these movies is the amazing Top Documentary Films. Here you can find hundreds of titles, even such popular movies as Al Gore’s controversial “An Inconvenient Truth” and Michael Moore’s many films including “Roger and Me”, “Bowling for Columbine”, “Sicko” and even his latest offering (listed below). You could spend hours just reading all the movie descriptions, so I’ll give you a short list of some of my favorites:
- Download: The True Story of the Internet: This is a documentary that I watched on television and totally forgot to tape and share. A fast paced documentary narrated by technology journalist John Heileman that follows the rise and global conquest of something we’re all addicted to now; the internet.
- Capitalism: A Love Story: Michael Moore’s latest film takes a look at the financial meltdown of the very recent past and posits an explanation. Depending on your political views, you’ll either love this or hate this.
- The Universe: Beyond the Big Bang: An interesting film by the History Channel that looks at the many different stories that humans have written and passed down about how we got here, and where we’re going.
- The Enemies of Reason: Richard Dawkins (a personal favorite) takes a look at religion and the consequences of blind faith and dogma in the modern world.
- Planet Earth: An amazing BBC documentary that covers the earth from pole to pole. Worth watching.
- Blue Planet: Another BBC documentary that this times explores the watery parts that cover two thirds of our planet.
- Biography of Barak Obama: A&E’s presentation of a bio on the United States’ first “bi-racial” president.
- Gamer Revolution: What does it mean when an industry that didn’t exist 25 years ago is now a $25 billion a year money maker? Take an inside look with this documentary.
- Consuming Kids: Ever wonder how your children who can’t yet read, can spot a McDonald’s or Burger King as you drive past it? Or why tweens, those 9 to 12 year olds in your house, suddenly have such a heightened “fashion and style” sense? Couldn’t be all those ads they watch. Or could it?
- The Way of All Flesh: You’ve probably never heard of Henrietta Lacks, and even though she died in October 1951, her cells still live on today in labs all over the world. In fact, her “immortal” cells have been used to test everything from Salk’s smallpox vaccine to drugs that you buy every day at the pharmacy. Her cells were even sent into space before humans dared become astronauts.
- The Drugging of Our Children: As the parent of two rambunctious, inattentive, fidgety, and overly active children (who are also bright, happy, extroverted, intrepid and confident) I know that the world wishes they would just “be normal”. But if that means dosing my child with powerful psychotropic (mind-altering) drugs so that they could “chill out” or “sit still”, I’d watch this film a few times and do more research. This film will make you think a little differently about what we do as educators in “Special Education” and why we have to deal with all those IEPs.
Oh, there are so many many more films worth watching, but I’ll leave it to you to find and recommend some for the rest of us. Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you find something worthwhile.
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