Kiran Kuppa's Documentary Collection

List of documentaries that I have enjoyed watching and have enriched me. I am very much excited to share this every growing list with you and hope you would enjoy them as much as I do.
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1.
Life on Earth (1979 Mini-Series)
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David Attenborough's groundbreaking study of the evolution of life on our planet. (702 mins.)
 
2.
The Trials of Life (1990 TV Series)
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Each of the twelve 50-minute episodes features a different aspect of the journey through life, from birth to adulthood and continuation of the species through reproduction.
Director: Michael Gunton
 
3.
Life in the Freezer (1993 TV Series)
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Series exploring the natural history of Antarctica. (30 mins.)
 
4.
The Private Life of Plants (1995 TV Series)
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David Attenborough's study of the world of plants, which demonstrates, with the aid of time-lapse photography, the rich and varied ways in which they flourish. (292 mins.)
 
5.
The Life of Birds (1998 TV Series)
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David Attenborough's comprehensive and richly detailed study of birds, examining the variety of different species and their ways of life. (489 mins.)
 
6.
The Life of Mammals (2002 TV Series)
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David Attenborough's comprehensive study of how a remarkable group of animals evolved - a group that includes ourselves.
 
7.
Life in the Undergrowth (2005 Mini-Series)
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David Attenborough's ground-breaking exploration of a group of organisms that are vast in number, yet often too small to be noticed: the invertebrates. (50 mins.)
 
8.
Life in Cold Blood (2008 TV Series)
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A nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, that looks at the evolution and habits of amphibians and reptiles.
 
9.
Life (2009 Mini-Series)
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David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes... (473 mins.)
 
10.
Planet Earth (2006 Mini-Series)
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Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition. (533 mins.)
 
11.
The Blue Planet (2001 Mini-Series)
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Mammoth series, five years in the making, taking a look at the rich tapestry of life in the world's oceans. (50 mins.)
 
12.
The Living Planet (1984 TV Series)
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David Attenborough discusses the biomass and life in a variety of eco-systems spanning many of the environments found on Earth (from tropical to polar). (660 mins.)
 
13.
Attenborough in Paradise (1996 Documentary)
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David Attenborough travels to the forests of Papua New Guinea, where 38 of the 42 kinds of bird of paradise are found. (55 mins.)
Director: Paul Reddish
 
14.
Nature's Most Amazing Events (2009 Mini-Series)
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This is a documentary series looking at the most dramatic wildlife spectacles on our planet. We see... (49 mins.)
 
15.
Oceans (2008 Mini-Series)
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16.
Wild Africa (2001 Mini-Series)
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Wild Africa is a nature documentary series exploring the natural history of the African continent. The series comprises six episodes...
 
17.
Wild China (2008 Mini-Series)
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An in-depth look at some of China's most impressive natural sites such as the ancient Han kingdom, the Mongol steppes, the Silk Road and the Tibetan Plateau. (60 mins.)
 
18.
Wild Pacific (2009 Mini-Series)
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A documentary series on life in and adapted to the conditions of the Southern part of the Pacific Ocean... (353 mins.)
 
19.
Wild Russia (2008 Mini-Series)
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An in-depth look at Russia's most natural wonders including Siberia, Kamchatka, the Artic, Caucasus, Primorye, and the Urals. (360 mins.)
 
20.
Wild Caribbean (2007 TV Series)
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Wild Caribbean is a four-part nature documentary series exploring the natural and cultural history of the Caribbean Islands and Sea. (50 mins.)
 
21.
Wild Sex (2005 TV Series)
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An examination of mating rituals of different animals and their similarities to human behavior.
Stars: Peter Venn
 
22.
The Great Rift: Africa's Greatest Story (2010 Mini-Series)
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The Great Rift Valley in Africa was created when the African and Arabian tectonic plates separated about 35 million years ago. This series investigates the forces that created the rift and focuses on the landscape and wildlife. (176 mins.)
 
23.
Madagascar (2011 Mini-Series)
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Over 80% of Madagascar's animals and plants are found nowhere else on Earth. Discover what made Madagascar so different from the rest of the world, and how evolution ran wild there. (240 mins.)
 
24.
First Life (2010 Mini-Series)
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David Attenborough goes back in time to investigate the origins of life.
 
25.
Platypus: World's Strangest Animal (2003 Documentary)
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(52 mins.)
 
26.
Great Migrations (2010 Mini-Series)
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Great Migrations takes viewers on the epic journeys animals undertake to ensure the survival of their species. (45 mins.)
 
27.
Tiger: Spy in the Jungle (2008 Mini-Series)
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David Attenborough narrates the lives of four growing tiger cubs using footage collected by hidden-camera-carrying elephants. Over two years, the elephants help capture the most intimate portrayal of tigers ever filmed. (60 mins.)
“ As David Attenborough, narrator of this revealing documentary says: "This is the most intimate portrait of tigers ever seen."

From the day their eyes open and they tumble out of the den, Tiger - Spy in the Jungle captures the day-to-day
lives of four tiny tiger cubs as they grow up alongside their devoted mother in the very heart of India.

The tiger is not only the world's favourite wild animal but also one of the rarest.

To enter the world of this tiger family, John Downer and his wizard team, cameraman Michael Richards
and techno-boffin Geoff Bell, deploy the ultimate all-terrain camera vehicles - elephants - kitted out with the latest high-definition
`secret weapons' of wildlife filmmaking - trunk-cam, tusk-cam and log-cams. The four elephants here in India's Pench national park have
also been taught new filming skills by their mahouts - how to keep a steady trunk and a delicate touch.

As eco-friendly 4X4s, the elephants carry the hefty trunk-cam and smaller tusk-cam wherever the tiger family goes across its
10-square mile territory. The tigers seem oblivious to the elephants and allow them to place trunk-cam right under their whiskers to film.
The elephants also use the devices to film the tigers on the move. The human film crew film from another elephant and control the ele-cams remotely. ” - Kiran Kumar Kuppa
 
28.
Human Planet (2011 Mini-Series)
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Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them... (50 mins.)
Stars: John Hurt
 
29.
The Human Body (1998 Mini-Series)
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(394 mins.)
 
30.
DNA (2003 TV Series)
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31.
Incredible Human Machine (2007 Documentary)
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National Geographic: Incredible Human Machine takes viewers on a two-hour journey through an ordinary... (120 mins.)
 
32.
Anatomy for Beginners (2005 Mini-Series)
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Controversial anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens shows the beauty of the human body and shows the mysteries of our own bodies... (200 mins.)
 
33.
A Science Odyssey (1998 TV Series)
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34.
Nature Tech (2003 TV Series)
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(43 mins.)
 
35.
Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds (2010 Mini-Series)
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This documentary features state-of-the-art camera technology used to focus on what humans cannot see with the naked eye. (94 mins.)
 
36.
Journey of Man (2003 Documentary)
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Traces the expansion of the human race from central Africa to Asia to the edge of South America. (120 mins.)
Director: Clive Maltby
 
37.
The Incredible Human Journey (2009 TV Series)
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This series explains the evidence for the theory of early human migrations out of Africa and subsequently around the world, supporting the Out of Africa Theory. (60 mins.)
 
38.
Cold War (1998 Mini-Series)
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A 24-part series which deals with the relations between the United States, the Soviet Union and their respective allies between the end of World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. (1120 mins.)
 
39.
The Missiles of October (1974 TV Movie)
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Based in part on Robert F. Kennedy's book, "Thirteen Days," this film profiles the Kennedy Administration's actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis. (150 mins.)
Director: Anthony Page
 
40.
The Soviet Story (2008 Documentary)
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The Soviet Story offers an alternative history of an Allied power, which helped the Nazis to fight Jews and which slaughtered its own people on an industrial scale. (86 mins.)
Director: Edvins Snore
 
41.
The Ten Thousand Day War (1980 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive history of the American stage of the Vietnam War. (52 mins.)
 
42.
The World at War (1973 Mini-Series)
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A series of documentaries about World War II. (52 mins.)
 
43.
The French Revolution (2005 Documentary)
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Documentary about the bloody beginning, bloodier middle and unceremonious end of the French Revolution, an event that ended in blood the reign of kings in France and laid the foundation for a new - republican - system of government. (100 mins.)
Director: Doug Shultz
 
44.
Russia, Land of the Tsars (2003 Mini-Series)
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The history of the Russian Tsars. (120 mins.)
 
45.
The Story of India (2007 Mini-Series)
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Michael Wood visits places and interviews experts all over India to cover the great chapters of the subcontinent's history. (60 mins.)
 
46.
Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West (2005 Documentary)
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Obsession is a film about the threat of Radical Islam to Western civilization. Using unique footage from Arab television... (77 mins.)
Director: Wayne Kopping
 
47.
Islam: What the West Needs to Know (2006 Documentary)
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An examination of Islam, violence, and the fate of the non-Muslim world. (98 mins.)
 
48.
Religulous (2008 Documentary)
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Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion. (101 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
49.
The Story of Science (2010 Mini-Series)
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Michael Mosley takes an informative and ambitious journey exploring how the evolution of scientific understanding is intimately interwoven with society's historical path.
 
50.
Earth: The Power of the Planet (2007 TV Series)
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In each episode, geologist Dr. Iain Stewart explains the effects and importance of a specific force of nature... (60 mins.)
 
51.
Earth Story (1998 TV Series)
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(400 mins.)
 
52.
The Universe (2007 TV Series)
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This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists. (45 mins.)
 
53.
Through the Wormhole (2010 TV Series)
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Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole will explore the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity... (60 mins.)
 
54.
The Elegant Universe (2003 Mini-Series)
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A documentary examining string theory. (60 mins.)
 
55.
Cosmos (1980 Mini-Series)
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Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe. (60 mins.)
 
56.
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth (1988 Mini-Series)
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Mythologist Joseph Campbell presents his ideas about comparative mythology and the ongoing role of myth in human society. (360 mins.)
 
57.
Himalaya with Michael Palin (2004 TV Series)
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This 2004 BBC television series records comedian and travel presenter Michael Palin's six-month trip across the Himalaya mountain range... (360 mins.)
 
58.
Crusades (1995 Mini-Series)
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Terry Jones presents the history of the medieval religious wars in the middle-east known as the Crusades. (200 mins.)
 
59.
The Nazis: A Warning from History (1997 Mini-Series)
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An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Hitler's rise to power. (292 mins.)
Director: Laurence Rees
 
60.
The World History of Organized Crime (2001 Mini-Series)
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(44 mins.)
Director: Scott Alexander
 
61.
Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution' (2005 Mini-Series)
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The history of the Final Solution phase of the Nazi Holocaust, particularly with the most infamous of the death camps. (285 mins.)
 
62.
Empires: The Greeks - Crucible of Civilization (2000 TV Series)
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A documentary, narrated by actor Liam Neeson, that chronicles the rise and fall of the civilization of ancient Greece. (150 mins.)
 
63.
Civilisation (1969 TV Series)
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Sir Kenneth Clarke guides us through the ages exploring the glorious rise of civilisation in western man... (50 mins.)
 
64.
War and Civilization (1998 Mini-Series)
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This eight part series takes an in-depth look at history of warfare. Shot on location around the world...
 
65.
The Cove (2009 Documentary)
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Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health. (92 mins.)
Director: Louie Psihoyos
 
66.
Baraka (1992 Documentary)
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. (96 mins.)
Director: Ron Fricke
 
67.
Home (2009 Documentary)
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With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked. (120 mins.)
 
68.
Undercover in Tibet (2008 Documentary)
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(48 mins.)
Stars: Tash Despa
 
69.
Bharat Ek Khoj (1988 TV Series)
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The 5000-year history of India from its beginnings to independence in 1947.
Director: Shyam Benegal
 
70.
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992 Documentary)
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A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda. (167 mins.)
 
71.
Letting Go of God (2008 Documentary)
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Letting Go of God is a humorous monologue by Julia Sweeney chronicling her search for God. She begins in the Catholic church... (130 mins.)
Director: Julia Sweeney