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What are good documentaries to watch with my kids?

I watched Reel Injun with my kids and we loved it. We also liked the new Cosmos. One of us loved the Katy Perry biopic. What are other recent documentaries we might enjoy? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 3, 2016 - 18 answers

Movie filter: tall family who lives in a castle?

I feel silly burning a question on this, but it's driving me crazy :-) Help me find information about a family I saw in a documentary who live in a castle and are all very tall... [more inside]
posted by ficbot on Oct 2, 2016 - 2 answers

Understanding modern Russia

I'm looking for good books and documentaries on Russia. I took a course on this topic in college (starting with the fall of the Tsars, through the USSR, and finally into Putin's first presidency), and I found it fascinating—but this was a decade ago, and clearly things have changed. Recent events have inspired me to start reading in this area again; help me sort out the wheat from the chaff. [more inside]
posted by cellar door on Sep 14, 2016 - 8 answers

Documentaries that tell a great story while giving you a slice of life?

I'm looking for narrative-driven documentaries that give you a sense of life at certain places and times, perhaps centered around a central figure or event but weaving in and out of the societies in which they existed. [more inside]
posted by archagon on Jul 11, 2016 - 19 answers

Intitiate me into (documentaries about) secret societies

I want to watch some documentaries about secret societies, conspiracies, occult mysteries, etc. that feel sorta like reading Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail -- a little skeptical (but not cynical), a little fascinated (but not overly credulous), fun, and weird. [more inside]
posted by babelfish on May 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Documentary-making for dreamers with only pocket change to spare

This is a two-pronged question about making documentaries with limited resources. 1) What methods should I use for finding, choosing, and honing in on documentary subject matter? and 2) How can I maximize the limited benefits of using an iPhone 6S Plus to make a low budget doc? (Note: I've read and own Shut Up and Shoot, but I'm seeking additional opinions and advice.) [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on May 15, 2016 - 6 answers

Any good, scientifically-accurate media on retrograde amnesia?

Open to fiction and nonfiction; books, documentaries, podcast episodes, news articles, etc. Nothing that puts me to sleep, please. Would prefer newer works informed by the latest science and works that are more personal, emotional, and detailed, rather than removed, dry, and general. Also, while I realize anterograde amnesia is much more common, I'm really only interested in retrograde amnesia. What caused the RA does not matter.
posted by iamfantastikate on Apr 2, 2016 - 2 answers

Twist and shout

What are some documentaries with good twists? [more inside]
posted by ariadne's threadspinner on Mar 29, 2016 - 33 answers

How To View "Independent Spirits The Faith and John Hubley Story?"

Other than paying $49 for a DVD, I can't find a way to rent or stream this fantastic-looking documentary. [more inside]
posted by 41swans on Feb 19, 2016 - 2 answers

Positive, easy-to-digest documentaries and reality TV shows, please

I'm on brain rest (yes that's a thing) with a concussion, and need simple TV shows I can get in the US. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Oct 7, 2015 - 46 answers

Looking for good hiking/walking movies and documentaries

I'm building up a small library of movies and documentaries related to hiking and walking and would love to get suggestions from everyone here! Would especially love to get suggestions of Slow TV-related films [more inside]
posted by epiphinite on Mar 10, 2015 - 22 answers

Short Informative or creative films on You Tube

My first grader likes science documentaries (life sciences, geology, space) and creative short films. A few favorites are Secret life of Plankton, the most recent PES films (submarine sandwich and fresh guacamole) and "origami" by ESMA. I am looking for similar short films - not full length documentaries. I'm thinking about 5 minutes to 30 minutes.
posted by beccaj on Jan 8, 2015 - 13 answers

Looking for some documentaries about musicians!

Lately, I've been watching and enjoying a lot of documentaries about musicians and I'm hoping I can get some more recommendations! [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Dec 28, 2014 - 54 answers

Live-action animal shows on Netflix

Please recommend some live-action wild animal programming on Netflix! [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Oct 2, 2014 - 15 answers

Good long-form resources for debunking conspiracy theories?

I'm soon to mentor a friend through a period of personal reflective study. An area I'd like to touch on is that he persistently clings to conspiracy theories, such as those of Leonard Horowitz. It is not my place to impose my own beliefs, but as he has limited exposure to contrasting material I would like him to balance these views with the "other side" and draw his own conclusions. [more inside]
posted by tzb on Oct 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Fascinating True Crime Documentaries or Books?

I am looking for recommendations for documentaries about true crime cases. [more inside]
posted by bearette on Aug 24, 2014 - 44 answers

Resources to better understand Einstein's Theory of Relativity

I'm seeking recommendations for documentaries or books that offer more than a layman's explanation of Einstein's Theory of Relativity, but don't require advanced studies in astrophysics to comprehend. [more inside]
posted by bkpiano on Jun 17, 2014 - 12 answers

I just watched two seasons of Toddlers and Tiaras. I need help.

I'm sick. I'm watching a lot of Netflix. Specifically, I've been watching a lot of Toddlers and Tiaras. At first I didn't know what had come over me, but I think...I just like watching kids get interviewed about their lives? Even if their lives are ridiculous? I'm in my early thirties and I'm also super into those AT&T commercials so maybe it's a biological clock thing, but I'm too exhausted to second-guess myself about it. I know John & Kate + 8 exists, but that's just as gross and exploitative as T&T, as far as I can tell. I loved the 7 Up documentaries and also enjoyed Babies. What other recommendations for reality TV/documentary film about kids, pitched to adults, do you have for me? Bonus points if it's online. Thanks!
posted by pretentious illiterate on Apr 15, 2014 - 26 answers

Inspiring documentaries about artists and creators

I stream art documentaries on Netflix while I work. (Having something playing on the 2nd monitor is acceptable at my job.) I've watched enough that the top three recommendations at the bottom of the page are almost always films I've already seen, but I want to keep this habit up another month! [more inside]
posted by itesser on Mar 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Rock Out With Your Doc Out

If you guys were my real friends, you would have told me about Heavy Metal Parking Lot before now. Back in the day, I used to hear about great documentary films through the grapevine. I guess the best example of this is the Evening with Kevin Smith series. But I never seem to hear about these any more. Heavy Metal Parking Lot looks awesome. What else am I missing? Parameter: nothing really sad. Hands on a Hard Body was kind of a bummer to me, but it's still the sort of thing I'm looking for. Anything about, say, the Holocaust, is out of this league. Thanks, MeFites!
posted by Jane Austen on Mar 6, 2014 - 109 answers

Make me interested in history

I feel like high school Canadian history class, which was mostly a list of wars, sort of killed any interest in history that I may have had. Please recommend me some European/world/ancient history documentaries that will change my mind! [more inside]
posted by torisaur on Feb 11, 2014 - 19 answers

Looking for resources on autism

My 5 year old nephew was recently officially diagnosed with autism, as a two on the three-level scale. I know next to nothing about autism and am seeking resources that will help me become more educated about the disorder. I would love recommendations on books, blogs, magazine articles, documentaries, etc. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai on Oct 17, 2013 - 21 answers

You've got that autumn feeling.

Autumn/fall is my favorite season and I love the feel and experience of the leaves changing color, the chill in the air, and traditional fall activities. The episode "Kiss and Tell" from Gilmore Girls, for example, centers around an autumn festival and has this sort of atmosphere. Could you give me some movies/documentaries/tv shows/episodes that also embody autumn?
posted by holmesian on Oct 7, 2013 - 14 answers

Need some new nature documentaries.

I love nature documentaries (good ones), but I'm all out and need some recommendations. More inside for what I like, and what I've seen. [more inside]
posted by smoke on Sep 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Where can I find the best documentaries from the past 30 years or so?

The Oscar nominees would be natural candidates, but as of '93, Ebert was complaining that the selection committee was completely unqualified: http://www.rogerebert.com/festivals-and-awards/oscarvoters-slight-best-documentaries . (As an aside: do his criticisms apply to the Academy Award documentary nominating committee today?) Where else should I look for credible lists of the best documentaries made recently?
posted by jtothes on Jul 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Books and movies/documentaries about founders/makers/rebels?

What are some great (and accessible) books/movies about people who are founders of companies, people who build things, people who purposefully or inadvertently change the status quo? (Examples after the break) [more inside]
posted by walka on Jun 29, 2013 - 14 answers

End of the world as we know it

This is macabre, I know. However, I really enjoy documentaries on past or future disasters: Rogue waves, wild fires, tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, pyroclastic flows, etc. I often wake up at 2am, and these past/future documentaries get me calm and able to sleep again. What are your recommendations on this subject? There are so many internet sources on this material, and I've seen a lot, but please give me your comprehensive picks!
posted by Kronur on Jun 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Remind me again, why are dinosaurs awesome?

When I was a kid, I was totally enamored of dinosaurs. I seem to have lost my affinity for them in the years since. I quit paying attention to developments in paleontology. Apparently there's been a lot that I missed, like that the dominant theory now is that modern birds are descended from a dinosaur species (I think?). And I hear velociraptors had feathers. So I need not just updates, but a good primer for adults because I've forgotten everything I used to know about them. Can anyone recommend some good modern books or documentaries on dinosaurs to rekindle the flame of dino-love?
posted by Sleeper on Jun 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Documentaries similar to BBC's "Toughest Place to Be a.."

Hi mefi-ers. I'm a documentary film enthusiast.. I have seen the few that are available for free on youtube, titles from the 'Human Rights Watch' festival (eg 'Rafea Solar Mama), a couple of Iranian ones (eg 'Buddha Collapsed out of Shame), 'Seeking Asian Female', etc. I also love marine animal/ecosystem-related documentaries [more inside]
posted by ethelwulf on Apr 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Spanish language documentaries

I am looking for Spanish language documentaries (with English subtitles) that I can watch online, through Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, etc. What are your favorites?
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Documentaries and other films about writers, libraries and books wanted!

I'm especially interested in films about writers of color and writers from the global south. Any kind of film is fine - need not be a documentary. But a progressive/radical/critical outlook is appreciated! Particularly looking for films that will appeal to an intelligent but not super-theorized audience - ie, that documentary about Derrida is not what we're looking for, and even the recent one about Zizek is an edge case. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jan 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Planet Earth-esque documentaries focusing on cities, etc.?

I love Planet Earth, Life, and other documentaries that David Attenborough is associated with -- as much for the educational value as for the beautiful cinematography and show-not-tell approach. They're works of art in and of themselves. Are there any documentaries in a similar vein that focus on cities, architecture, landmarks, and other human creations? For example, it would be incredible to explore Tokyo through the same lens!
posted by archagon on Jan 3, 2013 - 14 answers

New kinds of stories on the Internet?

I've been enjoying the Emmy-winning High Rise online documentary project and things like the Hackney Hear geo-locative app - looking for recommendations of other cool experiments in the realm of storytelling. Film, online, audio - whatever! Just NEW and DIFFERENT. Level Two request: recommendations of websites or blogs that discuss or review these sorts of projects - I just want to keep up with this sort of thing! Thanks all!
posted by mooza on Oct 4, 2012 - 3 answers

Can you recommend documentaries that explain world conflicts?

I just finished watching The First World War and now I want more! Can you recommend your favourite documentaries on History, particularly conflicts/war? I prefer a geopolitical focus (as in maps of the territories, graphic representations of strategies, what countries unied, what empires were divided in to what, etc.) [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Sep 23, 2012 - 6 answers

What are some thoughtful documentaries/long-form articles about baseball umpires?

What are some thoughtful documentaries/long-form articles about baseball umpires? I'm wondering if there's a thoughtful, well-done documentary (I'm hoping for something of the caliber of HBO's now-defunct Costas Now) or a long-form article (again, in the caliber of New Yorker or Vanity Fair) that's accessible to folks who aren't exclusively diehard baseball fans. [more inside]
posted by lamprey on Jul 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Which History Documentaries are Accurate?

Please recommend good documentaries and TV programs about history that are accurate. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 17, 2012 - 19 answers

The world is just awesome.

I want to mainline wonder! Recommend me nonfiction books or films (science, nature, history, culture, the human mind) that will make me fall in love with the world we live in. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Apr 15, 2012 - 35 answers

Documentaries/videos about cities, viewable free online?

Know of any interesting documentaries (or other sorts of videos) about cities freely available to watch online? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Mar 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Best Documentaries- Big History.

I want to learn about major historical events through documentaries (not miniseries). What are your favorites? (I know, broad).
posted by sandmanwv on Mar 5, 2012 - 22 answers

I want to laugh while I get smarter

I've watched almost all of Terry Jones's history documentaries--what next? What I like about them and what I'm looking for is mainly the humor (enthusiastic but lighthearted, not taking itself too seriously) and the element of looking at things from a different angle. Many of Jones's docs look at the lives of "regular people" in periods of history where most people are familiar with the rich and famous, and others look at civilizations that are overlooked. Sort of the way Mythbusters approaches science, and I'm also a large fan of QI. Recommendations? (I'm looking especially but not exclusively for history.)
posted by sarahkeebs on Feb 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Documentaries, books, I want it all!

Please give me some suggestions for documentaries and books I might like. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Feb 22, 2012 - 23 answers

Inspire me in a foreign language.

Please recommend me some recent non-English language movies/documentaries that are uplifting/inspiring/funny/have happy endings. [more inside]
posted by misozaki on Jan 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Documentaries on inspiring music education

What are the most inspiring, exciting documentaries on music education? [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS on Jan 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Are there any documentaries about comic book fans?

Are there any documentaries about comic book fans as opposed to comic book creators? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Monster on Nov 2, 2011 - 3 answers

Single Subject Documentaries

Over the past two nights I watched two great documentaries each focused on a single person: Bill Cunningham: New York and The Cruise. I would like to see more documentaries in this mode! Your suggestions, please.
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 9, 2011 - 31 answers

Documentaries and radio transcripts for improving British English?

I've been thinking about improving my (received) pronunciation by reading out loud in English. Need help finding materials online. [more inside]
posted by earthwormsleg on Oct 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Mass Production Music!

There's a piece of music always played in documentaries and other film clips usually to satirize the "age of mass production." It's a very peppy '50s bit, often with a guy talking in a stylized '50s radio announcer voice over it, accompanied by sped-up clips of factories rolling, women working, and the like. What is this music and how do I find it?
posted by mthomps00 on Sep 18, 2011 - 18 answers

Unfortunately, 7 Up comes out, well...every 7 years or so

I really enjoy great documentaries that span years and focus on individual development. For example, I found David Sutherland's Country Boys or The Farmer's Wife fascinating. I also really enjoyed 7 Up. Please share other docs like this with me. [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley on Jun 26, 2011 - 20 answers


Help me feed my obsession with all things Russia. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 1, 2011 - 27 answers

What documentaries for a 2-year-old, like Babies?

Documentaries/movies like Babies for 2-year-old? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Feb 26, 2011 - 7 answers

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