10 MUST WATCH documentaries

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13TH (2016)


Director(s): Ava DuVernay, an American film director, producer, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, DuVernay won the U.S. Directing Award: Dramatic for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere,[1] becoming the first African-American woman to win the award.

Website: http://www.avaduvernay.com/13th/

Twitter: @13THFilm

Where: Netflix – click here

Description: An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. 13th is a American documentary explores the “intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States;”[3] it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime). A thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.

What The Health (2017)


Director(s): Kip Andersen, Film director , producer and writer, known for Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret(2014), What the Health (2017) and What is Real? The Story of Jivamukti Yoga (2016). and Keegan Kuhn is an award winning documentary filmmaker, video producer, and professional musician.

Website: www.whatthehealthfilm.com
Twitter: @wthfilm
Where: Distributed by: A.U.M. Films & Media, Netflix.

Description: A documentary-style film which critiques the health impact of meat and dairy products consumption, and questions the practices of the leading health and pharmaceutical organizations.

What happened, Miss Simone? (2015)


Director(s): Liz Garbus is an American documentary film director and producer.

Where: Netflix
Description: What happened, Miss Simone? is biographical documentary film about Nina Simone, American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the “High Priestess of Soul.” A documentary about the life of the classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon and legendary recording artist who lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius, and tortured melancholy. The film opened the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary combines previously unreleased archival footage and interviews with Simone’s daughter and friends. It uses never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs to curate a film about the story of legendary singer and activist.

Dirty Wars (2013)


Director(s): Rick Rowley is a cinematographer and producer, known for Dirty Wars (2013), This Is What Democracy Looks Like(2000) and Frontline (1983).

Website: www.dirtywars.org
Twitter: @DirtyWars

Description: American documentary film, which accompanies the book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill. Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command. He exposes covert operations to capture and kill people, but those agents do not exist on paper. Dirty Wars follows Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller Blackwater, into the heart of America’s covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond.

I am Ali (2014)


Director(s): Clare Lewins is a director and producer, known for I Am Ali (2014)

Description: Muhammad Ali’s own audio journals, friends, family and fellow boxers provide insight into the extraordinary life and legendary career of the pugilist. Unprecedented access to Muhammad Ali’s personal archive of “audio journals” as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend’s life story. It covers the life of professional boxer Muhammad Ali. The film tells his story using personal audio recordings Ali made himself during the 1970s. Additionally, interviews of friends, family members, and people associated with professional boxing, combined with archival footage of Ali, are used throughout the movie. Notable appearances in the film include George Foreman, Jim Brown, and Mike Tyson.

TIME: The Kalief Browder Story (2017)


Director(s): Jenner Furst

Where: Netflix

Description: Time: The Kalief Browder Story is a six-episode American documentary television miniseries that broadcast on Spike beginning March 1, 2017. The documentary recounts the story of Kalief Browder, a Bronx high school student who was imprisoned for three years, two of them in solitary confinement on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. He was accused at 16 of stealing a backpack, and his family was unable to afford his bail, set at $3000. He committed suicide two years later, in 2015. This series traces the tragic case of Kalief Browder, a Bronx teen who spent three horrific years in jail, despite never being convicted of a crime.

Zeitgeist: The Movie (2007)


Director: Peter Joseph is an American independent filmmaker and activist. He is best known for the Zeitgeist film series, which he wrote, directed, narrated, scored, and produced. He is the founder of the related The Zeitgeist Movement.

Description: A filmmaker looks at religion, the 9/11 terror attacks, and possible plans by international leaders to create a single world bank.

Blackfish (2013)


Where: Netflix

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Description: Documentary about a performing killer whale in a sea life park that caused the deaths of three trainers. The film examines the orca’s time in captivity and how the experience may have influenced its behaviour, as well as revealing how financial pressures in the wildlife park industry can lead to cruel treatment of the animals.

Requiem For The American Dream (2015)


Directors: Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott

Description: Iconic intellectual Noam Chomsky states his case for how the bulk of America’s wealth and influence has been transferred to the hands of a few.

Iverson (2014)


Director: Zatella Beatty is an actress and producer, known for Sister Act (1992), Two Can Play That Game (2001) and Iverson (2014).

Description: Iverson is the ultimate legacy of NBA legend Allen Iverson, who rose from a childhood of crushing poverty in Hampton, Virginia, to become an 11-time NBA All-Star and universally recognized icon of his sport. Off the court, his audacious rejection of conservative NBA convention and unapologetic embrace of hip hop culture sent shockwaves throughout the league and influenced an entire generation. Told largely in Iverson’s own words, the film charts the career highs and lows of one of the most distinctive and accomplished figures the sport of basketball has ever seen.

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