Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My Must See Documentaries Part I

I love documentaries. They are informative and capture humanity in a brilliant way. I make a lot of lists as since my time is precious. Here is a list of documentaries I recommend. Some I have seen and some were recommended to me.

 Premise: “A documentary that chronicles the life of young college professor Angela Davis, and how her social activism implicates her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ends with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.”

 Premise: “Americans put a lot of stake in how they’re all about the frontier and that they have the frontier spirit. All of that is kind of in the history books now. But there is a group of individuals in America, and they still have that innate sense of going somewhere where it’s a bit rough and making a go of it. And that’s kind of what Ian Cox is doing. He was a small-time hustler operating out of Rumbek in Sudan. For about three or four years, he had an electronics shop in the middle of South Sudan – a place called Rumbek, probably the shittiest place in the world to do business. His friend Tim had a Land Cruiser in Juba that he needed to sell. And with his mailing list, Cox advertised it and sold it. And then from there, one of the biggest armed security companies in South Sudan contacted him to provide 11 new Land Cruisers for a project they were just starting, which he did. And then it’s flowed on from there.”

Premise: The very inspirational story of the Williams Sisters rise in tennis. I can watch this over and over again. “Ever since Venus and Serena Williams started playing in tennis tournaments, they've provoked strong reactions - from awe and admiration to suspicion and resentment. They've been winning championships for over a decade, pushing the limits of longevity in such a demanding sport. How long can they last? In Venus & Serena, we gain unprecedented access into their lives during the most intimidating year of their career. Over the course of 2011, Venus grappled with an energy-sapping autoimmune disease while Serena battled back from a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Neither Venus nor Serena let their adversities hold them back. They drew their greatest strength from each other.”  

Premise: I highly recommend this one. It explores beauty and aging through the stories of the original supermodels: women, now between 50-80. Their images defined beauty at the time which I found very different to how beauty is defined currently. They discuss how they have reassessed and redefined their own sense of beauty as they have aged.

A parting question: Anyone heard of the documentary 7 African Countries? If so, please send a link in the comment section for me. Happy Viewing until Part II!

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