I’ll admit that I’ve never been a BIG documentary fan, escapism is much more my speed but I’m becoming a bit of a convert over the past year. It started when I attended the Sundance Film Festival and was fortunate enough to see the brilliant Miss Representation directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom. I consider this film, which explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence, a must see for any adult and any child over 6th grade.
Recently our family picked up Being Elmo from the library and while you can love or hate this well known muppet, you can’t help but be inspired by Kevin Clash, whose only dream was to make puppets. This documentary follows him through a series of good breaks that led him into the universe of Jim Henson and “Sesame Street,” and we even hear an eyewitness account to the day he “discovered” the Elmo character.
Currently at home, we have No Impact Man which I’m hoping will continue to move me into a less wasteful lifestyle and Page One, which grants the viewers unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom. Last but not least is The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, a documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement. Trust me, even the trailer is genius!
Many others have generated their must see documentaries as you can review below but l’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations as well!
- Ten Documentaries Everyone Should See
- 50 Docs to See Before You Die
- 10 Documentaries to Be Watched Again & Again