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What is a documentary or film that made you think?

Asked by CuriousLoner (1808 points ) October 27th, 2012

Pretty straight forward question. Also if you can include title, link or info on it as I might want to check it out.

I watched these two I highly recommend them. Pretty interesting. If you have Netflix should be on there.

Fat Head

“While most people saw the documentary Super Size Me as an exposé of the fast food industry, comedian and former health writer Tom Naughton saw it as a dare: He’d show that you could lose weight on a diet of burgers and fries. In addition to chronicling Naughton’s weight drop, the film provides interviews with doctors, nutritionists and others to drive home his thesis that most of what we know about “healthy eating” is wrong.”

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High

“Filmmaker Adam Scorgie explores the illegal marijuana industry in British Columbia, revealing how the international business is most likely more profitable than it would be if it was lawful in this enlightening documentary. Marijuana growers, law enforcement officials, physicians, politicians, criminologists, economists and celebrities—including comedian Tommy Chong—shed light on this topical subject in a series of compelling interviews.”

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Trillian's avatar

Between the Folds.
Stress: The Hidden Killer

bhec10's avatar

Riding Giants
Amazing documentary on the passion for surfing enormous waves.

Food Inc
Made me think a lot about how we get our meat from, and how horrible that whole process is.

Supersize Me
From now on, I’ll only go to a McDonald’s in a life or death situation.

I definitely recommend all of these!

JLeslie's avatar

Precious Life I hope this is a link to the movie, I can’t tell on my ipad, because it requires flashplayer. It’s about donations made by Israelis and others to get medical treatment for Palestinians who need to cross the border and cannot afford the treatment which is not available where they live. This movie is about a young baby who will surely die without medical treatment. The movie drags a little, but towards the middle when the Palestinian mother says she would be happy and proud if her son became a suicide bomber you just can’t believe it! Israeli doctors saving the baby’s life, and an Israeli donated $50k so the baby could get treatment. And, then later you come to understand why. Understand the pressure from the cuture and the situation. Definitely made me think. And, reminded me of what Golda Meir said, “we will have peace in the middle east when they Arabs love their children more than they hate us.”

Murderball is also a great documentary. About being a parapalegic and the paraolympic rugby team. Takes you through the stories of how some of the men became paralyzed, and answers questions about what it is like being paralyzed. Anything from getting around to sex to many other things. It is a great story of how people can move forward in their lives after trajedy.

CuriousLoner's avatar

@bvdshec17 You should really watch Fat Head then you’ll like it.

Coloma's avatar

Yes, Food Inc. was profound.
I am a Michael Moore fan, controversial as he is.
“Sicko” was very enlightening. Taking all the 9–11 civilian rescuers to Cuba for health treatment the U.S. denied them.

Fucked up beyond words!

Mostly I go for nature documentaries. Just watched ” Turtle, the incredible journey” the other day.
I had no idea Loggerhead turtles stay out to sea for like 21 years before they return to their original hatching beaches and all the hazards they face trying to make it to adulthood. I was also in awe of how much rescue work Sea World does all over the globe.
Bless the beasts and the children. ;-)

RocketGuy's avatar

Moneyball – math comes out ahead!

jonsblond's avatar

Roger & Me was the first documentary I watched that I really paid attention to. I was in my early 20s when I first watched it not long after it first came out.

jca's avatar

I just saw one called “One Nation Under Dog” – a HBO documentary about dogs: everything from puppy mills to shelters that are forced to euthanize. Depressing. Hard to watch.

Another good one was “Death on a Factory Farm” about factory farming. They went undercover and filmed the piglets being thrown, bludgeoned, stomped on. The cows, same thing. Cruel and hard to watch.

I have on DVD but did not watch yet, one called “Dealing Dogs” which is about puppy mills.

I saw one on Nature called “A Murder of Crows.” A bunch of crows is called “a murder.” It was a great documentary about crows, how they live in social groups, communicate, etc. Very informative.

I saw a good one on Sundance Channel called “Picture This” about a model growing old (even though she was only in her mid 20’s) and what it’s like to be a high fashion model – the stress, the work, the long hours, the perverted cameramen, and not necessarily a whole lot of money (they’re indebted to the modeling agencies).

I saw another one on Sundance called “Catfish” about an online relationship that this guy had, and how the relationship progressed but when he went to the home of the person he was having the relationship with, she was nothing like what she led him on to believe she was.

I saw another one called “Prodigal Son” which was about a guy who was adopted and his transvestite brother. The adoped guy was actually the son of a celebrity and the documentary was about his mental illness, and the family dynamics.

I watch a lot of documentaries, and the ones I discussed here are ones that made a big impact on me.

Adagio's avatar

This Way of Life This film profoundly challenges perceptions of what is important in life. You can purchase a copy from this website I know they post to the US because I often buy things for my brother and have them sent over.

serenade's avatar

I’m in the process of watching David Attenborough’s Planet Earth Series. The segment on caves includes the world’s largest known cave (in Borneo), which features a 100 meter high pile of bat shit that is home to hundreds of thousands if not millions of cockroaches who feed on the bat shit all day long. Not only that, but in other caves in Mexico there are fish that have evolved to live in streams flowing with sulphuric acid. The bat shit/cockroach thing is just kind of amazing, but the fish-in-sulphuric-acid bit just makes me realize that this whole global warming/sky-is-falling routine is about our own comfort level, because it is self-evident that life will carry on despite our best efforts.

ucme's avatar

Bowling for Columbine, mainly because Charlton Heston came acosss as a sad old cunt.

flutherother's avatar

NSFW Taxi to the Dark Side takes a look at the use of torture by the US in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Man’s inhumanity to man”.

bhec10's avatar

@CuriousLoner I watched Fat Head and although it’s style and tone wasn’t the most professional (IMO), the information it passes is very educative. Thanks for the suggestion.

By the way, if anyone loves to watch a documentary (about surfing) on the edge of their seat I suggest you watch the Billabong Odyssey and Storm Surfers. As well as Riding Giants, which I mentioned above. Holy cow, those surfers are really crazy!

Pachy's avatar

Wow!—“Catfish” made me think a lot.

Inspired_2write's avatar

The Nostradamus prophecies.

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