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What documentary would you like everyone in your country to see, and why?

Asked by Jeruba (55885points) September 28th, 2011

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I applied the following tags: documentaries, education, films, consciousness raising, public awareness.

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tranquilsea's avatar

Canada A People’s History we are too often woefully uneducated about our history.

jrpowell's avatar

Triangle: Remembering The Fire

It gives a good look at why corporations need to be regulated.

SuperMouse's avatar

If I may be so bold as to name two:

Jesus Camp because it is a very eye opening look at children of religions extremists right here in the US. Food Inc because it is a sobering look at America’s how corporations control the food industrcy.

wonderingwhy's avatar

The Pale Blue Dot and BBC’s “Planet Earth”

I think they both provide much needed perspective.

rebbel's avatar

Becoming A Woman In Zanskar
“Becoming a Woman in Zanskar recounts the moving story of a friendship shattered by destiny, when two best friends have to part and leave their families forever. Tenzin will be married to a man she hasn’t chosen, while Palkit will become a nun.”


mrrich724's avatar

I would like the to watch Food, Inc.

There were several huge things in that movie that I would like people to know:

1) $2.50 for a dozen eggs is not that much. ALL you have to do is give up a two liter of soda to afford that. You will get antibiotic free eggs AND be healthier for drinking less soda.

2) Support farmers markets. Awareness for farmers markets will increase their availability to exist and provide GREAT things for communities and keep ALOT more money more local (I think they said the average American meal travels 1500 miles to get to your table, there truly is no reason it needs to be that way.

3) How the government truly controls so much of what you do and strong arms people into doing things whether they like it or not. It’s a really good example of how much few special interest groups can flex their muscle over the will of the majority, and how the government will gladly be involved in that at the expense of our freedom to choose.

Ever since I watched Food, Inc. for the second time, we spend 50% of our grocery store time in the fresh produce section. We buy produce grown in America first (it taste SO much fresher), and by making that simple change I eat alot less (good carbs keep you way fuller way longer), and I’ve gone from hole 2 to hole 4 on the belt just with that simple change. Dinner is more fun too, trying to find a way to incorporate fresh veggies into dinner rather than eating most crap out of a box.

the100thmonkey's avatar

Dr Brian Cox is Well into Physics.

Other than that, I think everyone should see The World at War, The Private Life of Plants and The Blue PLanet (David Attenborough is to documentaries as Hume is to Empiricism – not the first, but almost certainly the best. I fear for the British nature documentary when he dies).

filmfann's avatar

The Fog of War
Robert McNamara owns up to the ignorance of the people in charge.

XD's avatar

I’m sort of surprised that they are both ones that I’ve seen for the first time in the last 6 months, but I would say “Eat the Sun,” about the practice of sungazing, first, and “Gashole” about the suppression of many efficiency and alternative fuel technologies, second. Both demonstrate that our possibilities are mainly limited by our imaginations and by the programmers who aspire to limit them.

I just re-watched “Sherman’s March recently, and it holds up well after 25 years. In hindsight, however, I do wonder how organic it is in its origin.

wildpotato's avatar

Style Wars, about the early days of hip hop, b-boys, and graffiti writing in New York City. Everyone should see it because it depicts an important part of the history of the US, and the rise of new forms of art. Secondarily, Rize, which is about krumping (most amazing dance style ever). People should watch this one because it is a good reminder of how amazing human beings are, in a physical sense – and also because it too shows the creation of an art form.

Bluefreedom's avatar

These are all noteworthy because these documentaries demonstrate serious problems with the American government, federal law enforcement, questionable reasons why we’re in the war on terror, and other things too:

America: Freedom to Fascism
Unconstitutional – The War On Our Civil Liberties
Waco – The Rules of Engagement
Incident at Oglala – The Leonard Peltier Story
Broken Rainbow
The Men Who Killed Kennedy
On Native Soil
Iraq For Sale – The War Profiteers
The Injustice System in America
Uncovered – The War On Iraq
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
The Big Guy – Tom Delay’s Stolen Congress
Terrorstorm – A History of Government Sponsored Terrorism
Big Easy to Big Empty: The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans
The War Tapes

ucme's avatar

I largely agree with @the100thmonkey, who amazingly hadn’t received a GA!!!!
I redressed the balance accordingly :¬)

ucme's avatar

Just a deserved nod for the master that is David Attenborough.

SuperMouse's avatar

@Bluefreedom seriously?! Now I have to add 15 DVD’s to my Must See list!

TexasDude's avatar

Dawn of the Dead

Bluefreedom's avatar

@SuperMouse. I’ve seen all of them, own many of them, and even reviewed some of them on Amazon’s website. I highly recommend each and every one.

SuperMouse's avatar

@Bluefreedom that’s what I meant, they all sound so interesting that now I have to put them on my list! I want to see them all.

sahID's avatar

To @Bluefreedom‘s excellent list, I would add:
The End Of America
Loose Change 9/11
Zero: An Investigation Into 9/11
9/11 Press For Truth
9/11 In Plane Sight
Capitalism: A Love Story

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