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Tashi and the Monk

BiographySociety Presenter Johnny Burke 2014 Unrated

Tashi and the Monk, a 2014 documentary by Johnny Burke and Andrew Hinton about a man who creates an extraordinary community for abandoned children, with no higher purpose than giving its young members the joys of childhood. The backdrop to this story is just as amazing, on top of a mountain in[...]

Evolution Vs. God

Society Presenter Ray Comfort 2013
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Evolution Vs. God, a 2013 documentary by New Zealand-based Christian minister Ray Comfort, within which he approaches several evolutionary scientists to talk about the Darwinian theory of life versus the belief of creationism in Christianity.   As a result of the topic, this film is one f[...]

Manakamana

SocietyArt Presenter Stephanie Spray 2013 Unrated

Manakamana, a 2013 experimental documentary directed by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez about pilgrims travelling on the Manakamana Cable Car between Cheres, Chitwan and the Manakamana Temple in Nepal.   Almost the entire documentary is shot from one static angle inside the cable car.

The Toilet - An Unspoken History

SocietyTechnology Presenter Ifor Ap Glyn 2012 Unrated

When someone submitted this from Youtube, my first reaction was "you've got to be kidding me", never-the-less this seems to be a well researched and educating documentary on the history of the toilet.   In The Toilet - An Unspoken History Welsh poet Ifor Ap Glyn takes u[...]

High School

Society Presenter Frederick Wiseman 1968 Unrated

High School: Frederick Wiseman's 1968 documentary of Northeast High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. This film is considered to be one of the first examples of a "direct cinema" documentary (a.k.a. "observational documentary").

Happy People: A Year In The Taiga

NatureSociety Presenter Werner Herzog 2010 Unrated

Happy People: A Year In The Taiga, a 2010 documentary by Werner Herzog and Dmitry Vasyukow which takes us to the surreal landscape of the Siberia Taiga in Russia to follow indigenous people who live by the river Yenisei.   The film shows us a completely different culture that is absolutel[...]

Helvetica

ArtSociety Presenter Gary Hustwit 2007 Unrated

The Helvetica font is one of the most of the most widely used sans-serif typefaces ever, over the years everything from perfume bottles, to billboards to electronic devices have made use of it, even this website is using a variant of this typeface: "Helvetica Neue".   Helvetica[...]

Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation

Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation, a new 2018 documentary examining the murder of Stephen Lawrence by filmmakers Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees, and directed by James Rogan.   The murder of Stephen Lawrence remains one of the most notorious in British history, for not only was he[...]

The Queen of Versailles

Society Presenter Lauren Greenfield 2012 Unrated

The Queen of Versailles, a 2012 documentary by American filmmaker Lauren Greenfield about a billionaire couple who built a mansion that is inspired by Versailles. The film follows the duo as they begin the construction of their dream home using money from the real estate bubble. Their inspirati[...]

Night and Fog

Night and Fog, a 1955 documentary about the Nazi concentration camps by French director, Alain Resnais. The film was made ten years after the camps were shut down and features a lot of footage of their grounds interlaced with people talking about what it was like to survive them.   The ti[...]

Paris Is Burning

Society Presenter Jennie Livingston 1990 Unrated

Paris Is Burning, a 1990 documentary by American director Jennie Livingston about drag queens living in New York City.   The film focuses on their lifestyle and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. According to many, this documentary is fundamenta[...]

F for Fake

Society Presenter Orson Welles 1973 Unrated

F for Fake, a 1973 docudrama directed by Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach, Gary Graver within which actor Welles (Citizen Kane (1941)) investigates the lives of infamous fakers Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving.   Elmyr de Hory was a Hungarian-born painter and art forg[...]

The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence, a documentary by British-American director Joshua Oppenheimer about the 1965 genocide in Indonesia.   The film is considered by many to be one of the most powerful documentaries ever made, capturing unique insights from the perpetrators of the mass-killing and th[...]

The Rise of the Crisis Actor Conspiracy Movement

ConspiracySociety Presenter 2018
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This 2018 Vice documentary explores the "rise of the crisis actor conspiracy movement", which is a group of conspiracy theorists who believe that most of the mass gun murders in the United States are completely fake, and have been set up by the government or some other dark organisation. T[...]

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