Most people know that I am a massive fan of documentaries. I feel privileged to see an intersection between real life (depending on whose truth is depicted) and story telling. Documentaries are a great way to get an insight on past time and places you’ll never visit, stories of history that have been silenced. I’ve been really enjoying the International Festival for Documentaries and Animation here in Leipzig. One of my dream jobs have always been as a documentary researcher and I love learning through stories and events. Here’s a few of my favourites in chronological order that you might like to see. In reality the list could have been ten times as long but for the sake of brevity I’ve restricted it to 14.      

  Gimme Shelter (1970)

The story of the Rolling Stones playing the Altamont Free Concert and the events that occurred…

                     

Crumb (1994)

Great story telling by David Lynch about the life and work of Robert Crumb. Such a creative genius.

                 

The Gleaners and I (2000)

A charming way of reducing food waste, French style.

           

Hell House (2001)

Brainwashing gets weirder when Christians are involved.

 

Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

A trajectory of a family dealing with accusations of child sexual abuse.

Who Killed the Electric Car (2006)

Answers the questions of all us environmentalists…

Encounters at the end of the world (2007)

Another glorious documentary by Werner Herzog that made me want to leave it all behind….


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Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)

For anyone who has ever wanted to be successful and famous but never quite made it.

The World According to Monsanto (2008)

A must for anyone interested in the role of big business in controlling natural resources. You’ll never seen chickens or water in the same way.

     

Catfish (2010)

Yes, online people are not what they see.

Pink Ribbons Inc (2011)

Ever wondered where all that money went?

          

West of Memphis (2012) 

I followed this case all through University. It is a miscarriage of justice which unfortunately not unique to the US CJS and will horrify you. This is a grain of sand in the horrors that occur in the US.

           

Searching for Sugarman (2012)

There are so many reasons to like this documentary about the myth of Sixto Rodriguez, not only 





  the glorious music.




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Citizen 4 (2014)

Ever questioned your privacy?