Documentaries Everyone Should Already Have Seen

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1.
Happy (2011 Documentary)
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HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy... (76 mins.)
Director: Roko Belic
“ FIND HAPPY!! ” - Arts-student
 
2.
Racing Extinction (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction. (90 mins.)
Director: Louie Psihoyos
 
3.
Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
“ Know what you are eating and the people it affects. ” - Arts-student
 
4.
Inequality for All (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap. (89 mins.)
Director: Jacob Kornbluth
“ Understand why the economy is bad in the USA. ” - Arts-student
 
5.
The Nature of Existence (2010 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Roger Nygard roams the globe to the source of each of the world's philosophies, religions... (94 mins.)
Director: Roger Nygard
“ Open ended and non-bias exploration for beliefs all over the world. ” - Arts-student
 
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Waiting for 'Superman' (2010 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca... (111 mins.)
“ The sadness of education and those who fight for it. ” - Arts-student
 
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Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup (2009 Documentary)
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Film in the Loose Change series. (99 mins.)
Director: Dylan Avery
“ Not a conspiracy theory. ” - Arts-student
 
8.
Let's Talk About Sex (2009 Documentary)
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Every day in America 10,000 teenagers catch a sexually transmitted disease, 2,400 young girls get pregnant and 55 young people are infected with HIV... (62 mins.)
Director: James Houston
“ The treatment of Sex in the US vs Europe ” - Arts-student
 
9.
Planet Earth (2006 Mini-Series)
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Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, 5 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.)
“ Breath-taking, stunning photography that tells the beautiful and often un-captured stories of our environment. ” - Arts-student
 
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Bully (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on peer-to-peer bullying in schools across America. (98 mins.)
Director: Lee Hirsch
“ Hatred in youth. ” - Arts-student
 
11.
Vanishing of the Bees (2009 Documentary)
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This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications... (87 mins.)
“ A road to human starvation. ” - Arts-student
 
12.
Bowling for Columbine (2002 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
“ A sad illustration of costly miscommunication between students and those in charge of them. ” - Arts-student
 
13.
Carbon Nation (2010 Documentary)
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An optimistic (and witty) discovery of what people are already doing, what we as a nation could be doing and what the world needs to do to prevent (or at least slow down) the impending climate crisis. (86 mins.)
Director: Peter Byck
“ Trying hopeful toward a green energy future. ” - Arts-student
 
14.
For the Bible Tells Me So (2007 Documentary)
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An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Karslake
“ A real look at what the Bible actually says and how it affects people. ” - Arts-student
 
15.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
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Kirby Dick's expos about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
“ An explanation of the failure of the entertainment industry when they created an organization to prevent the government from dictating their art. ” - Arts-student
 
16.
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
“ The slaughter of thousands that poisons far more. ” - Arts-student
 
17.
Super Size Me (2004 Documentary)
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While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month. (100 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
“ Why I don't eat fast food. ” - Arts-student
 
18.
Jesus Camp (2006 Documentary)
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A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham. (84 mins.)
“ A real life horror movie that is in a word, disturbing. ” - Arts-student
 
19.
Outrage (2009 Documentary)
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An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation in the U.S. (90 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
“ Fascinating self-hatred and hypocrisy. ” - Arts-student
 
20.
Trashed (2012 Documentary)
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Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels... (98 mins.)
Director: Candida Brady
“ A great threat that is far worse than you think. ” - Arts-student
 
21.
Paper Clips (2004 Documentary)
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As a part of their study of the Holocaust, the children of the Whitwell, TN Middle School try to collect 6 million paper clips representing the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis. (82 mins.)
“ Inspirational and uplifting. ” - Arts-student
 
22.
Sicko (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
“ The terrible realities of health care. ” - Arts-student
 
23.
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005 Documentary)
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A look at the impact of the retail giant on local communities. (98 mins.)
“ Why I do not shop at this store any longer. ” - Arts-student
 
24.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006 Documentary)
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Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit, as the former presidential candidate campaigns to raise public awareness of the dangers of global warming and calls for immediate action to curb its destructive effects on the environment. (96 mins.)
 
25.
Hot Girls Wanted (2015 Documentary)
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A documentary about young women who have been drawn into the sex trade - and how easy it is for a web-savvy generation to end up making porn. (84 mins.)
 
26.
Pump (2014 Documentary)
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A documentary that tells the story of America's addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it - and finally win choice at the pump. (88 mins.)
 
27.
$ellebrity (2012 Documentary)
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Celebrity photographer Kevin Mazur gives an all access pass to life behind the velvet rope and in front of the camera. (89 mins.)
Director: Kevin Mazur
 
28.
Divorce Corp (2014 Documentary)
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More money flows through the family courts, and into the hands of courthouse insiders, than in all other court systems in America combined... (93 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sorge
 
29.
Merchants of Doubt (2014 Documentary)
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A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
 
30.
The Hunting Ground (2015 Documentary)
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An expos of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. (103 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
31.
Surviving Progress (2011 Documentary)
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Humanity's ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards... (86 mins.)
 
32.
The Mask You Live In (2015 Documentary)
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Explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it. (97 mins.)
 
33.
Earthlings (2005 Documentary)
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Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. (95 mins.)
Director: Shaun Monson