A Few Documentary Films Worth Watching

I quit watching broadcast and cable television four years ago but continue to watch the screen with a more discerning eye. Here are some powerful documentary films that are definitely worth watching.
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The End of Poverty

The End of Poverty? is a daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, revealing that poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies -- in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries.
The End of Poverty? asks why today 20% of the planet's population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate?
The film has been selected to over 25 international film festivals and will be released in theatres in November 2009. Directed by Philippe Diaz, produced by Cinema Libre Studio with the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, 104mins, 2008, USA, documentary in English, Spanish, French with English Subtitles.

The End Of Poverty? from Philippe Diaz on Vimeo.


War Dance
War Stole Their Childhood, Music Gave Them Hope.
For the past two decades, the children of the Acholi tribe in northern Uganda have been caught in the middle of a horrific war between the country’s leadership and a rebel force, the Lord’s Resistance Army. But when the camp’s primary school unexpectedly wins a regional music competition, the opportunity to compete nationally in Kampala brings with it the forgotten chance to dream. We follow 3 remarkable children, Nancy, Dominic, and Rose as they transform from victims of war into triumphant young adults.


Featuring Nobel Laureates: Steven Weinberg, Jody Williams, Ahmed Zewail, Rick Smalley, Wangari Maathai, Sir Joseph Rotblat, Dr. Harold Varmus, Desmond Tutu, Amartya Sen
A Film by Turk Pipkin
A stunning look at the world’s most pressing problems through the eyes of nine Nobel Laureates, Nobelity follows filmmaker Turk Pipkin’s personal journey to find enlightening answers about the kind of world our children and grandchildren will know. Filmed across the U.S., and in France, England, India, and Africa, Nobelity Combines The Insights of nine distinguished Nobelists with a first-person view of world problems and the children who are most challenged by them.
TRAILER: http://www.nobelitythemovie.com/qt_trailer.html

One Peace at a Time

A look at the possibility of providing basic rights to every child. The film features the insights of Nobel Peace laureates Muhammad Yunus and Stephen Chu, Willie Nelson and many others. Music by Ben Harper, Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, Cat Stevens, Explosions in the Sky and more.

Burma VJ

Going beyond the occasional news clip from Burma, the acclaimed filmmaker, Anders Østergaard, brings us close to the video journalists who deliver the footage. Though risking torture and life in jail, courageous young citizens of Burma live the essence of journalism as they insist on keeping up the flow of news from their closed country. Armed with small handycams the Burma VJs stop at nothing to make their reportages from the streets of Rangoon. Their material is smuggled out of the country and broadcast back into Burma via satellite and offered as free usage for international media. The whole world has witnessed single event clips made by the VJs, but for the very first time, their individual images have been carefully put together and at once, they tell a much bigger story. The film offers a unique insight into high-risk journalism and dissidence in a police state, while at the same time providing a thorough documentation of the historical and dramatic days of September 2007, when the Buddhist monks started marching.
”Joshua”, age 27, is one of the young video journalists, who works undercover to counter the propaganda of the military regime. Joshua is suddenly thrown into the role as tactical leader of his group of reporters, when the monks lead a massive but peaceful uprising against the military regime. After decades of oblivion - Burma returns to the world stage, but at the same time foreign TV crews are banned from entering the country, so it is left to Joshua and his crew to document the events and establish a lifeline to the surrounding world. It is their footage that keeps the revolution alive on TV screens all over.
Amidst marching monks, brutal police agents, and shooting military the reporters embark on their dangerous mission, working around the clock to keep the world informed of events inside the closed country. Their compulsive instinct to shoot what they witness, rather than any deliberate heroism, turns their lives into that of freedom fighters.
The regime quickly understands the power of the camera and the reporters are constantly chased by government intelligence agents who look at the ”media saboteurs” as the biggest prey they can get.
During the turbulent days of September, Joshua finds himself on an emotional rollercoaster between hope and despair, as he frantically tries to keep track of his reporters in the streets while the great uprising unfolds and comes to its tragic end.
With Joshua as the psychological lens, the Burmese condition is made tangible to a global audience so we can understand it, feel it, and smell it.


Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis.
Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.
Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"
Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

Thanks Joe

and I also quit TV post-911 when it became clear how bad it was.

FWIW, here are two free view-on-line documentary sites:


They have huge selections of videos on 911, and other topics too.

Those are great

For 9/11 Films go here:

GASLAND on HBO - Good documentary

GASLAND - An HBO documentary recently aired.
I encourage people to watch it.
This GASLAND issue effects much of the nation, but it also serves to point out how elements within our government/corporate structure will blatantly allow citizens to be poisoned or die.
Cheney pushed through an agenda concerning the gas industry.

I see correlations to aspects of 9/11 within this documentary. For example, the entire New York-New Jersey watershed is in jeopardy. Christie Whitman's "The air is safe to breathe, the water safe to drink" statement and lie is about to be repeated.
Fort Worth is the sister city of Dallas.
The Fort Worth area has around 10,000 gas wells. The air pollution ozone levels of the emissions from these wells is equivalent to the ozone pollution emissions of all the vehicles in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, according to an SMU Professor interviewed in the documentary.


Excellent interview

GASLAND - (2010) Directed by Josh Fox. Winner of Special Jury Prize - Best US Documentary Feature - Sundance 2010. Screening at Cannes 2010

Energy Policy Act of 2005 which has a part known as the “Halliburton loophole”. This bill was pushed through by Vice President Cheney (who was CEO of Haliburton prior to his Vice Presidential office) and signed by Bush. Barack Obama at the time also voted for the bill. The bill was opposed by representatives in both parties.

This bill exempted fluids used in the natural gas extraction process of Hydraulic fracturing from protections under the Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and CERCLA.
Link- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_Policy_Act_of_2005

Exemption of the gas industry from CERCLA (Superfund Act) is of major importance!
(Any business, whether a landowner, motor carrier, product manufacturer, contractor or engineer, may be liable under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Contribution and Liability Act ("CERCLA") for contaminating the environment through release of a hazardous substance.)
As an example: If any other person or industry dumped the same chemicals used by the gas industry, they would be mandated to clean it up, and even possibly go to prison.

Think of the "Love Canal" legalized throughout the country and the world.

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