Six Good Documentaries

Do you like a good documentary?  The following are a list of documentaries that I’ve watched this past month through NETFLIX and are currently available for streaming.  I’ve listed them here in no particular order and have included their short synopses directly from NETFLIX so that you may read about them and decide if you might like to see them too.  Enjoy!

Pregnant In America2008 – “When his wife became pregnant with their first child, Steve Buonaugurio was prompted to make this, his first film, which documents the couple’s experience with the American maternity system. It reveals the cabal of hospital, insurance and health organizations that puts profits before a pregnant woman’s safety and health. Buonaugurio also records the couple’s plans for a home birth, their ultimate defiance of the system.”

Exit Through the Gift Shop2010 – “Amateur filmmaker Thierry Guetta’s project to chronicle the underground world of street art takes a fascinating twist when he meets Banksy, an elusive British stencil artist, in this Independent Spirit Award winner for Best Documentary. Unimpressed with Guetta’s footage, Banksy takes over filmmaking duties while Guetta reinvents himself as a street artist and — much to Banksy’s surprise — instantly becomes a darling of the Los Angeles art scene.”

Waste Land2010 -“Renowned artist Vik Muniz embarks on one of the most inspired collaborations of his career, joining creative forces with Brazilian catadores — garbage pickers who mine treasure from the trash heaps of Rio de Janeiro’s Jardim Gramacho landfill. In this Oscar-nominated documentary, the catadores prove to be unique and surprising individuals in their own right, waxing philosophic as they impart a valuable lesson about what society discards.”

Fuel2008 – “With America so dependent on oil, filmmaker Joshua Tickell sets out to prove that biodiesel, made from vegetable oil, is a viable alternative. Although politicians and energy execs have done their best to quell it, the benefits of biodiesel are real. This documentary (winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance) chronicles Tickell’s quest to popularize the untraditional fuel source, citing the environmental and economic advantages the country could reap by adopting it.”

Tornado Intercept2005 – “Forget what you saw in Twister — this National Geographic program takes the dangerous pastime of tornado chasing to a whole new level. Tag along with the crew of the Tornado Intercept Vehicle — an 8,000-pound monster with armor plating and bullet-proof windows mounted with a state-of-the-art IMAX camera — as they drive straight into the heart of nature’s fury to capture what it’s really like in the eye of a storm.”

Escape From Suburbia2007 – “After condemning America’s oil dependency in his 2004 documentary The End of Suburbia, filmmaker Gregory Greene here addresses the solutions that will avert catastrophe, outlining the issues actively moving the energy crisis from theory to reality. Spurred to action by the realities of peak oil, Greene focuses his camera on individuals across the country brave enough to challenge and instigate their communities into serious change.”

Have you seen any of these documentaries already?  Which one and what did you think about it?  Tell me about it in the comments below or on the zween facebook page.

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2 responses to “Six Good Documentaries

  1. senjiva

    I saved a mini-documentary on IFC called “Beautiful Losers”. Its about independent artists, mostly from the west coast. I only saw the end, and then taped it when it came on again. Please come over some time so we can watch it together.

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