Film as inspiration.
Film as a celebration of the human-spirit.
Film as a window to the soul.
Film as a reflection of the human-condition.
Film as document.
Film as voice.
"By showing hunger, deprivation, starvation and brutality, as well as endurance and nobility, documentaries inform, prod our memories, even stir us to action. Such films do battle for our very soul."
- Theodore Bikel
It is my firm belief that documentary film not only plays a major role in informing, educating, and raising awareness to issues that affect us all on a global level but, documentaries also have the ability to profoundly affect us on an emotional level. I believe this emotional connection is an essential component when viewed in conjunction with statistics, facts or data. The symbiotic relationship between these two 'components' are, in my view, fundamental. It is the basis that creates the well-informed individual's need and empathy necessary in wanting to become involved, and instrumental in one wanting to make a positive, humanitarian contribution. It is in this regard that documentaries can prove invaluable.
The purpose of this list is to try to inspire as well as highlight important documentaries that address and relate to the universal connection between various facets of the human condition, man and nature, and the ongoing global issues that confront us. This is supported by factual information, as well as the views, statements or quotes from all walks of life - From world leaders, scientists, activists, artists and documentarians, to the 'man-on-the-street'. Though addressed, (and because this list is an attempt at a multilateral approach to it's subject-matter), there is no favoritism nor bias in regards to ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality, disability, or politics. This list is, however, primarily dedicated in support of those, (living or dead) who have, and continue, to support the inherent good in humanity.
In it's form, I have tried to structure this list as a narrative. A journey from the vast unlimited expanses of the universe to the vast unlimited expanses of ourselves. All of which, I believe, are inter-connected and part and parcel of a common, universal cycle - Life.
Quotes courtesy of; IMDb, //www.brainyquote.com, and other related sites.
Link: IMDb: Video Search Page - Documentaries.
Wikipedia link: Timelines of World History - //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timelines_of_world_history.
TimeMaps History Atlas: World History Map - //www.timemaps.com/history.