Favorite Documentaries

Mostly health related, some social justice-focused. Not in any particular order.
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Food Matters (2008 Documentary)
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Food Matter examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy. (80 mins.)
 
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Forks Over Knives (2011 Documentary)
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Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. (96 mins.)
Director: Lee Fulkerson
 
3.
The Beautiful Truth (2008 Documentary)
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A troubled 15-year-old boy attempting to cope with the recent death of his mother sets out to research Dr... (92 mins.)
Director: Steve Kroschel
 
4.
Dirt! The Movie (2009 Documentary)
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The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again. (86 mins.)
 
5.
Hungry for Change (2012 Documentary)
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HUNGRY FOR CHANGE exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries don't want you... (89 mins.)
 
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The English Surgeon (2007 Documentary)
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This documentary offers a glimpse into the life of an English neurosurgeon (Henry Marsh) situated in Ukraine as we are exposed to the overwhelming dilemmas he has to face and the burden he has to carry throughout his profession. (94 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Smith
 
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Miss Representation (2011 Documentary)
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Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. (85 mins.)
 
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Burzynski (2010 Documentary)
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Ph.D biochemist, Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, won one of the largest legal battles against the Food & Drug Administration in U.S... (108 mins.)
Director: Eric Merola
 
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An Inconvenient Truth (2006 Documentary)
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Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change in the most talked-about documentary at Sundance. (96 mins.)
 
10.
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010 Documentary)
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100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe... (97 mins.)
“ Definitely bought a juicer after watching. My friends watched it. They bought juicers, too. Eat your fruits and veggies! ” - cmpitre
 
11.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008 Documentary)
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A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son. (95 mins.)
Director: Kurt Kuenne
“ Heartbreaking and captivating true story. ” - cmpitre
 
12.
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.)
 
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Killer at Large (2008 Documentary)
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An overview of the politics, social effects and problems associated with the rising epidemic of American obesity.
 
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Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
 
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The Gerson Miracle (2004 Documentary)
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In 1928, Dr. Max Gerson, a German-Jewish researcher, stumbled upon a therapy that claims to have cured... (91 mins.)
 
16.
Terra Incognita: The Perils and Promise of Stem Cell Research (2007 Documentary)
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Terra Incognita is a feature length documentary film and companion civic engagement campaign featuring the story of Dr... (100 mins.)
Director: Maria Finitzo
 
17.
Ethos (2011 Documentary)
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Hosted by twice Oscar nominated actor Woody Harrelson, Ethos explores the mechanisms in our systems that work against democracy, the environment and our own personal liberty. (78 mins.)
Director: Pete McGrain
 
18.
Food Fight (2008 Documentary)
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A fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement rebelled against big agribusiness to launch the local organic food movement. (91 mins.)
Director: Chris Taylor
 
19.
God Grew Tired of Us (2006 Documentary)
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Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety. (89 mins.)
 
20.
The Business of Being Born (2008 Documentary)
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Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business... (87 mins.)
Director: Abby Epstein
 
21.
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
 
22.
Trouble the Water (2008 Documentary)
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A redemptive tale of an aspiring rap artist surviving failed levees and her own troubled past and seizing a chance for a new beginning. (90 mins.)
 
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Bhutto (2010 Documentary)
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A riveting documentary of the recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto, a polarizing figure in the Muslim world... (111 mins.)
 
24.
The Invisible War (2012 Documentary)
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An investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military. (93 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
25.
The Woodmans (2010 Documentary)
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The story of a family that suffers a tragedy, but perseveres and finds redemption through each other and their work - making art. (82 mins.)
Director: C. Scott Willis
 
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Vegucated (2011 Documentary)
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Vegucated is a guerrilla-style documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who... (76 mins.)
 
27.
Dying to Have Known (2006 Documentary)
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Master filmmaker Steve Kroschel, intrigued by a stunning statement from his last documentary, sets out... (80 mins.)
Director: Steve Kroschel
 
28.
I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary on the Austrian-Jewish architectural engineer who became a Nazi hunter after surviving the Holocaust. (105 mins.)
Director: Richard Trank
 
29.
An Unreasonable Man (2006 Documentary)
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A look at the career of consumer advocate Ralph Nader from wannabe presidential candidate to public pariah. (122 mins.)
 
30.
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
 
31.
Into the Abyss (2011 Documentary)
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Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
32.
It's a Girl! (2012 Documentary)
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Every year in India and China, millions of babies are killed, neglected or abandoned simply because they are girls. (64 mins.)
Director: Evan Grae Davis
 
33.
Remote Area Medical (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary on the annual three-day "pop-up" medical clinic organized by the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM) in Bristol, Tennessee's NASCAR speedway. (81 mins.)
Stars: Stan Brock
“ Highlights many of the realities of healthcare in rural America through the stories of the individuals that visit this "pop up" medical clinic. Touching and inspiring because of both the people that visit the clinic and the volunteers that make it happen each year. ” - cmpitre