Best documentaries

Martijn Schirp (@martijn) 11 years, 8 months ago

What are your favorite documentaries?

Mine is from the world renowned anthropologist Wade Davis on buddhism, definately takes me back to the essence of what I learned in Nepal.

My friends made me watch the history of the self, the history and rise of individualism, psychotherapy, marketing and capitalism.

What do you like you want to share with HE?

January 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm
nick (5) (@nickahrens) 11 years, 6 months ago ago

180 Degrees South.

About a man that gives up everything to go to patagonia and climb a remote peak. very good!

Jools (0) (@joolscalangi) 11 years, 6 months ago ago

I watched a doco recently, inspires one to think how he/she can truly share his/her talents
Title: WASTELAND – about a Brazilian Photographer/ Artist, Vik Muniz, and his mission – it’s not about his work – it’s the people who inspire his work. Watch it!

Brittany (0) (@kazz) 11 years, 5 months ago ago

The Corporation:

Brittany (0) (@kazz) 11 years, 5 months ago ago

I’m also really excited to see this one, it’s in theaters but not in San Diego :/

novaa (0) (@novaa) 11 years, 5 months ago ago

Like street art? ;D

novaa (0) (@novaa) 11 years, 5 months ago ago

Street art documentary! ;]

Kathryn (10) (@klarity) 11 years, 2 months ago ago
I have a non profit org and we are currently having screenings of these doc. They are so necessary!

Thalassinus (2) (@thalassinus) 11 years, 2 months ago ago

thats not a link……do you mean ?

Heather Cardona (2) (@charade) 11 years, 2 months ago ago

Thanks for all these recommendations, it’s nice to know that my vegging out time will be at least mentally stimulating for the next few weeks.

One of my all-time favourites is The End Of Suburbia. Its focus is on peak oil from an urban planning perspective.

The Corporation and Food Inc. are also on my list. If you liked Food Inc., I’d also recommend looking for Fresh which also deals with sustainable food issues. You can watch the trailer on their website:

Phil (8) (@phil) 11 years, 1 month ago ago

ESPN’s 30 for 30 The Birth of Big Air. Mat Hofman will live forever!!

Anonymous (0) (@) 11 years, 1 month ago ago

Grizzly Man!!

Werner Herzog is the best.

Anonymous (0) (@) 11 years, 1 month ago ago

The People Speak by Howard Zinn based on his book The Peoples History of the United States of America

Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 11 years, 1 month ago ago

So I just watched Catfish…. WTF?! The directors claim it is 100% real, what do you guys think?

Shelly (0) (@peacefrog) 11 years, 1 month ago ago

1 Giant Leap is a soul feeder….Makes one feel significant but small in a positive way. An immensity and intensity of being…:)

Dimitris (27) (@cubilone) 11 years, 1 month ago ago

Thanks everyone for contributing with very interesting watches. Most of my suggestions have already been mentioned but further mentioning can’t hurt, can it? ^^J

These three I did Greek subtitles for for an eco film festival in Athens last year, so they’re close to my heart.

King Corn

The Golden Beach



Life and Debt


Notice any similarities between the above two? There is not a single case of a country finding its way after the IMF took over… As a Greek, I can tell you how serious things are looking over this part of the world!

I have lost more to share but the others have spoken in my stead, mostly!

Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 11 years, 1 month ago ago

Just found out about this one:

anyone seen it? seems like a good watch!

Abhishek Murarka (5) (@infinity) 11 years, 1 month ago ago

A few out of my must watch archives
1.”The power of 10″
Describing itself as “a film dealing with the relative size of things in the universe—and the effect of adding another zero,” 1977’s Powers of Ten is a short documentary with a massive scale. Originally developed by the husband and wife team of Charles and Ray Eames for IBM, the film is a visual representation of the vastness of both outer space and the molecular construction of the human body.Ever since its initial exhibition, Powers of Ten has earned a special reputation for the way it helps viewers “organize their thinking” about their environment.

2.”Too Ugly for love?”

3.”Glory at sea”
Glory at Sea was one of the first films to address—albeit quite abstractly—the aftermath and devastation of Hurricane Katrina. It tells the story of a town that has been decimated by a storm, leaving most of its residents trapped in the “underworld” of the ocean floor. When a man is spared and washed ashore, he and a few survivors build a ramshackle boat and head out to sea to rescue their loved ones in what the film’s website calls “a veritable prison break from death itself.” Director Benh Zeitlin shot Glory at Sea with largely unprofessional actors on location in the hurricane-ravaged sections of New Orleans, and the result is a lyrical and moving film that address

Kristin (0) (@iyamkristin) 11 years, 1 month ago ago

Noticed someone already mentioned “Spellbound”…good call!

I really enjoyed “Devil’s Playground” which focuses on the Amish rumspringa–a term that roughly translates to “running around.” When an Amish adolescent is 16 s/he is permitted to ditch Amish clothing, party, & experience other non-Amish activities before s/he chooses whether or not to follow the religion. Those Amish parties get crazy–for real!

“The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” is extremely entertaining/hilarious. It chronicles an intense rivalry between two fierce gentlemen competing for the world’s highest Donkey Kong score. I just can’t get enough of it.

Dimitris (27) (@cubilone) 11 years ago ago

Abhishek, try watching Powers of Ten with this music, it’s a whole different experience…

I also watched Kymatica the other day after suggestion from this very thread. I’m itchy to discuss it!

Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 11 years ago ago

I’m an amateur Ripperologist and I like; Jack the Ripper in America. The detective seems to have credibility and experience in the field of cold cases and he has access to Scotland Yard files that have been sealed until recently.
It is virtually impossible to prove anything really but I have also explored Carl Feigenbaum. There is an unlikely but possible chance that it could have been H.H Holmes. It’s just a guilty bit of fun I have.

Abhishek Murarka (5) (@infinity) 11 years ago ago

Whoa Dimitris.That was awesome.Thanks for the same.I need spend some time on this thread in the future.Bookmarked.

Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 10 years, 12 months ago ago

One of my favorites and one I recently watched is 2012: A time for change.

You can get it on Netflix stream if you have Netflix.

Iris (4,800) (@aneris) 10 years, 11 months ago ago

i watched zeitgeist a few times, really helpful. also i like to watch natural geographic documentaries expanding from nature to history and everything between it. i just enjoy watching them and i learn new stuff from it too.

Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 10 years, 8 months ago ago
Tyler Schwartz (4) (@tylsch) 10 years, 8 months ago ago

Don’t know if this was mentioned:

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