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Documentary TV Series like Wild China

We (the royal we) have been watching Wild China recently. It's a 6 part nature documentary that's also a bit of a travelogue. What we like about it--they go to a place not usually covered by Public TV nature docs and mix in explorations of the human culture there as well as geographic and biological subjects. What else is like this? What should we watch next? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking for a documentary on African military ritual strangeness...

Heard about this documentary from an anthropology student, but she didn't know the name of it... Back in the colonial days (20th C) of African holdings, some European military would depart their bases yearly and allow the African soldiers to take over. The African soldiers would dress as the Europeans and re-enact their modes of life and work, but in some kind of ritualized parody. [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata on Dec 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Roller Derby Documentaries

Which roller derby documentaries would you recommend as a 60th birthday gift for my mother? [more inside]
posted by postel's law on Nov 18, 2013 - 10 answers

Identify a recent Radio 4 documentary

I'm trying to identify a BBC Radio 4 documentary I heard within the last week or two. It was about a French woman who creates experiences to communicate science and technology ideas. Examples included building a chair that shook and moved as a simulation of a rocket launch, and trying to reproduce the sound of walking and driving on moon dust. It ended with a friend of hers at NASA reading a recommendation letter to support her application to become an astronaut. [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Sep 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me find this documentary about a kindly abortion doctor!

Maybe ten years ago at a Green Festival in SF my mom and I saw a documentary about a small town doctor, probably in upstate New York or some other part of New England, who gave safe abortions to women even though they were illegal, starting in at least the 1950s. My mom thinks the title was "Thank You, Doctor ------", but can't remember the name. This is bugging her, as she actually had an abortion with him back then. He saved hundreds of lives, but of course when I google search I end up with lots of anti-abortion propaganda. Can someone more skilled with searching help us out? It was a very small production. Thanks!
posted by sumiami on Jul 31, 2013 - 4 answers

help me ID a documentary about a small town technology clash

I'm trying to find a documentary I watched sometime in the 90's, perhaps on HBO but at least on cable. It was set in a small town (New England?) where a burgeoning computer/IT company had just settled a large number of employees. the town's main industry previously had been a paper mill (or some similar industry) that hadn't been doing well, and coincidentally went out of business as the IT folks moved in. [more inside]
posted by camdan on Jul 28, 2013 - 4 answers

What is this sign, located in Venice Beach (I think?)

In Michael Palin's "Around the World in 80 Days", there's a shot of a building with an interesting sign. It says "EARTH SPACE SCIENCE ART FACT FICTION FANTASY". [more inside]
posted by dubold on May 20, 2013 - 12 answers

Documentary about a man representing himself in a lawsuit?

A friend of mine is trying to remember the name of a documentary they once saw and Google has failed them. I'm forever touting the skill and speed with which the AskMe community solves dilemmas like these, so don't fail me now! Here's what she asked me: I saw a documentary about a man who was representing himself in a lawsuit or series of lawsuits -- I think the government had filed them against him for sending threatening letters. Something about defending his land and eminent domain... He had a wife that he met in a foreign country. She was a lot younger than him and she moved to the US and married him. They were both chain smokers and used a plastic fork as a cigarette holder. They lived in a trailer that was a mess and full of document boxes of his "research" for his case. And they had a few big dogs.
posted by ErWenn on May 1, 2013 - 2 answers

The World of Mosses

Tell me about the quietest, mellowest, most relaxing nature documentaries that you know. I have the Planet Earth and Blue Planet series, and they're both amazing, but I'm looking for something slower paced and with less carnivorous ripping things apart. I'd watch the World of Mosses, if such a thing existed. Little birds building nests. Beetles roaming about, beetling. The lives of fungi. [more inside]
posted by bepe on Dec 4, 2012 - 34 answers

Any Seattle history documentaries?

Does anyone know of any good documentary films about Seattle history? I'm interested in its founding up to the 90s. Not looking for stuff about grunge. Would love it if there were something in a Ken Burns, but I don't expect miracles. Thanks!
posted by letstrythis on Nov 2, 2012 - 9 answers

WW1 Documentaries and Books

Care to recommend some in-depth documentaries (and books, or anything online) about World War One? [more inside]
posted by nfg on Aug 14, 2012 - 10 answers

I like Chris Marker movies, especially Sans Soleil. What other movies would I like?

What other people have done stuff like Chris Marker's documentaries? Is there a movie anywhere that's even a little bit like Sans Soleil?
posted by insteadofapricots on Jul 29, 2012 - 13 answers

All citizens have a right to know the workings of their courts.

According to this story in the Guardian, a BBC documentary about the London riots has been banned by a judge in England. However, the judgement also forbids revealing the judge's name, place or sitting, or more importantly, reasons for the banning. Can you help me find a leak of the judgement or any additional information, as I would like to know why it has been banned.
posted by Jehan on Jul 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Nazi Secrets Documentary

Documentary filter: MrK heard glowing description of a history documentary about Nazi propaganda in 1936 in Berlin. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on May 4, 2012 - 2 answers

Who owns problematic footage of 5-year-old me?

I just found some video footage of 5-year-old me on Youtube. It was definitely not posted by my parents. It also features nekkid hippies (I am dressed). Who owns that footage? [more inside]
posted by Nibbly Fang on Apr 28, 2012 - 10 answers

What questions should I ask at a panel discussion after a showing of "Inside Job"?

After showing the 2010 Academy Award-winning documentary Inside Job at a college, what questions would you ask a follow-on panel comprised of Occupy Wall Street activists, Ron Paul Republicans, economics/business professors, and business owners? [more inside]
posted by Roach on Mar 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Fake Guru with Genuine Inquisition

Are there any satirical documentaries relating to religion like Kumare? I know there was a popular series on Atheism on BBC and several others like Religulous, The Root of All Evil, etc., and I am curious if there are others which, instead of taking a serious note on educating us what atheism/religion means, evoke laughter throughout dealing on these subjects?
posted by godugu on Feb 28, 2012 - 7 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

Documentary on the modern world made by native people

Documentary filter: Heard of a film where a group of native people were let loose into the "modern" world with a camera? [more inside]
posted by epiphinite on Nov 2, 2011 - 5 answers

AIDS Documentary

I'm looking for the name of an AIDS documentary I saw on PBS sometime in the late nineties. [more inside]
posted by Anders Levant on Oct 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Roland TR-808 documentary.

I'm looking for a video documentary from a couple years ago tracing the history of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. Released only on the web, it's similar in tone to the Everything is a Remix series; dry delivery, well researched, touches on remix culture. The Newcleus track Jam On It is prominently featured as a signifier of the 808's transition from a not-so-hot replacement for a drummer to being used for the sounds unique to it. If I recall correctly, it's about 8 minutes in length. It's not The Shape of Things That Hum.
posted by Scoo on Sep 28, 2011 - 3 answers

Anyone in Manila?

I need a contact for Viva Entertainment Inc. in the Philippines. [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe on Aug 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Documentary about crossing Greenland

Help me identify (and hopefully watch) a documentary about people walking/skiing across Greenland and visiting an abandoned DEW station on the way. [more inside]
posted by aesop on Aug 3, 2011 - 6 answers

RUSSIA

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

Documentaries on religion and morality?

Suggestions, please, for provocative, informative, hilarious, and/or disturbing documentaries about religion and social/moral/ethical issues? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt on May 27, 2011 - 24 answers

Help me identify this children's pastor!

I'm watching Jesus Camp, and there's a scene where a South African (I think) guy gets the kids to smash cups while talking about corrupt government. I've googled around, but can't figure out who this guy is. Does anyone know? (Link to a video under the cut.) [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Apr 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Documentary about a former Yugoslavian (?) soldier who cared for homeless dogs?

Documentary about a former Yugoslavian (?) soldier who cared for homeless dogs? The film was about a soldier (youngish, long dark hair) who served in the war in Yugoslavia -- my memory is that he was Serbian, but I am not sure. After the war, he went back to his city but his home and all of his family/friends were gone. He began to take care of all the homeless dogs around him and would travel by foot to care for more. He eventually built a compound where they lived together. [more inside]
posted by abigredchair on Mar 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me find this documentary on a Journey to the arctic

I am going crazy trying to find this documentary that I watched a couple of months ago. I don't remember the channel, but it is primarily about a man who drives a car (or 4WD of some sort) to an extremely cold place (Canadian north, Norway types). Details are after the jump. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Jan 11, 2011 - 3 answers

Sidney Crosby has quite a potty mouth.

What is your favorite behind-the-scenes sports documentary? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Jan 10, 2011 - 17 answers

Super Link Me

Film student seeking good online publications about documentary film. [more inside]
posted by Menomena on Nov 24, 2010 - 2 answers

Title of a documentary regarding Japanese appropriation of Western stuff

Looking for the title of an obscure documentary about the Japanese adaptations of Western products and traditions as they have been commodified in japan. [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin on Nov 4, 2010 - 2 answers

Website with top 50 documentaries of all time?

About a year or two ago, I saw this great website that provided a list of the top 50 influential documentaries ever made. (Including a video streaming of each documentary with a short written analysis of why it was so influential) Can you please help me find that site again? [more inside]
posted by dealing away on Nov 2, 2010 - 5 answers

What are the best punk books and documentaries on the history of punk music?

What are some fantastic books and documentaries on the history of punk music? Basically, the type of music in this thread with an emphasis on Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Fugazi, and Bad Brains. I already have Rip It Up And Start Again, Our Band Could Be Your Life, Get In The Van, and Instrument.
posted by yaymukund on Jun 20, 2010 - 23 answers

Looking for a video about drugs

Looking for a video showing various common drugs, their appearance, how they're taken and their effects. [more inside]
posted by Lorc on May 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Great documentaries that changed my viewpoint

About to start teaching a Current Issues class to high school students. Need recommendations about quality documentaries that can supplement what we will cover in the class. [more inside]
posted by dealing away on Feb 19, 2010 - 24 answers

Fawlty Memory: Help me find a TV show.

Looking for the name of a British television documentary series dealing with the social history of Britain as seen through its television comedies. Screened in 2009. [more inside]
posted by DOUBLE A SIDE on Feb 9, 2010 - 6 answers

Can you help me identify movies about exercise?

Can you help me identify movies about exercise? About working out, exercise trends, aerobics, jazzercise, etc. Sort of in the vein of this SNL skit. To clarify, I am NOT looking for instructional videos [unless they are really funny or bizarre], documentaries are okay, but mostly I would like suggestions of movies...about exercising.
posted by rokabiri on Jan 26, 2010 - 22 answers

What films are about people who decide to live on the road?

Besides Lost in America, Easy Rider, Surfwise, and Into the Wild, what other films are about people who make an affirmative decision to live on the road? The closest Wikipedia seems to get is Road Movies, which is not really apt. If not movies, what other cultural works of fiction deal with that kind of decision?
posted by artlung on Nov 11, 2009 - 35 answers

Annexation of Texas Video Clip

What are some documentaries/movies/video clips that are about the Annexation of Texas? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Oct 23, 2009 - 1 answer

Do you remember a tender 1990s reality tv-ish documentary on tv about a group of sweet old ladies in a house together?

Looking for a documentary I once saw: Old ladies live together in a house for a while, sort of reality-style. Casual activities, them giving their thoughts on life. At least one of them English, maybe all. Possibly a lake there. Saw it on tv late 90s I think. Very tender. Know it? [more inside]
posted by Askr on Oct 12, 2009 - 2 answers

cut to ECU of Dr Joyce Brothers

Name this 1960s NFB sex ed documentary! [more inside]
posted by Sys Rq on Sep 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Trying to find a documentary about whirlpools

I am trying to hunt down a documentary I saw around 5-10 years ago which was all about whirlpools and maelstroms. [more inside]
posted by tomble on Jul 17, 2009 - 2 answers

What is the Name of This Tornado Doc?

Inspired by this thread, I am trying to remember the name of a tornado special that aired, I think, on HBO several years ago. [more inside]
posted by LeeJay on Jul 11, 2009 - 2 answers

What are the best documentaries / movies on depression?

What are the best documentaries / movies on depression? [more inside]
posted by jfricke on May 12, 2009 - 5 answers

Name That Video: Surreal animated interview between student and master.

Looking for a video I saw on the internet before May 2008. It was an interview with a ton of post-processing, making it very surreal. Seeing this image reminded me of the video. I seem to remember the interviewer was an art student, or a student of the interviewee. The interviewee had been down on his luck, and it seemed as if the interview was happening in a soup kitchen or hostel. I associate two words with the interviewee: "video art", but I can't think of any sort of title he might have. [more inside]
posted by hatsix on Apr 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Where in the world can I find a tidal lake

Please help me find a nature documentary I saw once, about 5 years ago. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Mar 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me find widely ranging podcasts

Looking for variety of different podcasts or radio shows to listen to. Please give me many recommendations. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 3, 2009 - 16 answers

Assholes in documentaries for the win

The greatest a-holes to ever strut in front of a documentary film maker's camera? [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Feb 4, 2009 - 70 answers

Yet another "name that movie"

Name that Documentary: Hanging women over water (pond?) to feed organisms living inside the water. Aired around 2008. Possibly located in Asia. [more inside]
posted by ellighi on Jan 27, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me remember a documentary

Many years ago I either heard or read a documentary about an American rock 'n' roll producer who was—according to this documentary—highly influential but never particularly famous, but whose name I cannot now recall. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Dec 3, 2008 - 9 answers

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