Documentaries 2011/12

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1. Nefarious: Merchant of Souls (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A documentary exploring the sex-trade.

Directors: Benjamin Nolot, Matt Dickey | Stars: Christian Simpson, Jon Morgan Woodward, Chad T. Wood, Sarah Agor

Votes: 419

2. How to Die in Oregon (2011)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

In 1994 Oregon became the first state to legalize a terminally ill person's request to end his or her life with medication. At the time, only Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands had ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Richardson | Stars: Harry Bruton, Ray Carnay, Cody Curtis, Paul Darley

Votes: 1,730

3. Back to the Square (2012)

83 min | Documentary

A year after the euphoria on Tahrir Square, the demonstrators' goals have not even come close to being reached. The country is ruled with an iron fist and there is still no democracy. The '... See full summary »

Director: Petr Lom

Votes: 39

4. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 5,509 | Gross: $0.27M

5. The Green Wave (2010)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A documentary on Iran's 2010 Green Revolution.

Director: Ali Samadi Ahadi | Stars: Mohsen Kadivar, Mitra Khalatbari, Shadi Sadr, Mehdi Mohseni

Votes: 278

6. Bhutto (2010)

Unrated | 111 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

A riveting documentary of the recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto, a polarizing figure in the Muslim world. Following in her father's footsteps as a pillar for democracy, Bhutto was ... See full summary »

Directors: Duane Baughman, Johnny O'Hara | Stars: Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Asif Ali Zardari

Votes: 582 | Gross: $0.10M

7. Miss Representation (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

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.

Directors: Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Kimberlee Acquaro | Stars: Pat Mitchell, Jackson Katz, Jim Steyer, Marissa Mayer

Votes: 3,092

8. Hot Coffee (2011)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

How the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit and similar cases were exploited as part of a right wing crusade to weaken civil justice.

Director: Susan Saladoff | Stars: Chuck Allen, Judy Allen, Jay Angoff, David Arredondo

Votes: 3,436

9. Poslednata lineika na Sofia (2012)

75 min | Documentary

In a city where 13 ambulances struggle to serve 2 million people, Krassi, Mila and Plamen are our unlikely heroes: chain-smoking, filled with humour, relentlessly saving lives against all ... See full summary »

Director: Ilian Metev | Stars: Krassimir Yordanov, Mila Mikhailova, Plamen Slavkov

Votes: 333

10. Reagan (2011)

105 min | Documentary, Biography

Reagan examines the enigmatic career of one of the revered architects of the modern world - icon, screen star, and two-term president Ronald Reagan.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Bud Abbott, Walter Abel, Spiro Agnew, Martin Anderson

Votes: 718

11. Too Big to Fail (2011 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 99 min | Biography, Drama, History

Chronicles the financial meltdown of 2008 and centers on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: James Woods, John Heard, William Hurt, Erin Dilly

Votes: 12,889

12. Human Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary

Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them. Each episode examines how life differs for men and nature in some type of ... See full summary »

Stars: John Hurt, Roger Munns

Votes: 18,015

13. The Interrupters (2011)

Unrated | 125 min | Documentary, Crime

86 Metascore

A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Tio Hardiman, Ameena Matthews, Toya Batey, Cobe Williams

Votes: 3,252 | Gross: $0.28M

14. Project Nim (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Nim Chimpsky, Stephanie LaFarge, Herbert Terrace, Wer LaFarge

Votes: 7,748 | Gross: $0.41M

15. On Death Row (2012– )

49 min | Documentary

An inside look at a maximum security prison in Texas featuring interviews with death row inmates.

Stars: Werner Herzog, James Barnes, Linda Carty, Joseph C. Garcia

Votes: 906

16. The Queen of Versailles (2012)

PG | 100 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.

Director: Lauren Greenfield | Stars: Jaqueline Siegel, David Siegel, Alyse Barker, Lorraine Barrett

Votes: 11,564 | Gross: $2.40M

17. About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (2012)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

'About Face' explores beauty and aging through the stories of the original supermodels: women, now between fifty and eighty years old, whose images defined our sense of beauty over the last... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Stars: Carmen Dell'Orefice, Isabella Rossellini, Jerry Hall, Christie Brinkley

Votes: 473

18. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson

Votes: 39,951 | Gross: $0.89M

19. The Finland Phenomenon (2011)

62 min | Documentary

Finland's education system has consistently ranked among the best in the world for more than a decade. The puzzle is, why Finland? Documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, along with Harvard ... See full summary »

Director: Sean Faust

Votes: 126

20. In film nist (2011)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

90 Metascore

It's been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.

Directors: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Jafar Panahi | Stars: Jafar Panahi, Igi, Mrs. Gheirat, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Votes: 4,036 | Gross: $0.08M

21. How to Survive a Plague (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, News

86 Metascore

The story of two coalitions -- ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group) -- whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Director: David France | Stars: Peter Staley, Larry Kramer, Iris Long, Bob Rafsky

Votes: 3,325 | Gross: $0.13M

22. Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, News

67 Metascore

An investigative documentary that uncovers the U.S. healthcare system's true design.

Directors: Susan Froemke, Matthew Heineman | Stars: Clive Alonzo, Don Berwick, Elizabeth Blackburn, Krystal Bracy

Votes: 467 | Gross: $0.10M

23. Four Horsemen (2012)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary, News

The modern day Four Horsemen continue to ride roughshod over the people who can least afford it. Crises are converging when governments, religion and mainstream economists have stalled. 23 ... See full summary »

Director: Ross Ashcroft | Stars: Dominic Frisby, Gillian Tett, Lawrence Wilkerson, David Morgan

Votes: 2,383

24. Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are... See full summary »

Director: Léa Pool

Votes: 640 | Gross: $0.02M

25. Addiction Incorporated (2011)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Biography

68 Metascore

When a young drug researcher is hired by a tobacco company, Victor DeNoble unexpectedly discovers the ingredients of addiction and fuels a national campaign to have it regulated.

Director: Charles Evans Jr. | Stars: Danny Abel, Phil Barnett, Herbert Barry III, Neal Benowitz

Votes: 99 | Gross: $0.04M

27. My Perestroika (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

90 Metascore

Tells the story of five people from the last generation of Soviet children who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain. Just coming of age when the USSR collapsed, they witnessed the world ... See full summary »

Director: Robin Hessman

Votes: 555 | Gross: $0.24M

28. Darwin (2011)

G | 86 min | Documentary, Drama, History

Darwin is a documentary feature about an isolated community at the end of a weathered road in Death Valley, California. Propelled from society by tragic turns, the people of Darwin (... See full summary »

Director: Nick Brandestini

Votes: 211

29. Säilöttyjä unelmia (2012)

75 min | Documentary, Drama

Canned Dreams is a film about workers and their dreams on the journey of a canned food product.

Director: Katja Gauriloff | Stars: Lise Biskup, Neuci de Souza, Florentina Dumitru, Sebastian Laustsen

Votes: 357

30. Craigslist Joe (2012)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Adventure

45 Metascore

In a time when America's economy was crumbling and sense of community was in question, one guy left everything behind to see if he could survive solely on the support and goodwill of the 21st century's new town square: Craigslist.

Director: Joseph Garner | Stars: Joseph Garner, Kristos Andrews, Gina Keatley, Michael T. Kuciak

Votes: 3,611

31. Brothers on the Line (2012)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

An acclaimed documentary feature exploring the extraordinary journey of the Reuther brothers - Walter, Roy, and Victor - prolific labor statesman whose social justice movement, under the ... See full summary »

Director: Sasha Reuther | Stars: Walter Reuther, Martin Sheen, Victor Reuther, Roy Reuther

Votes: 54

32. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

R | 91 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.

Director: Alison Klayman | Stars: Ai Weiwei, Dan Ai, Lao Ai, Lee Ambrozy

Votes: 3,794 | Gross: $0.53M

33. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, Michelle Alexander, Mark W. Bennett, Joe Biden

Votes: 4,911 | Gross: $0.21M

34. Jaz Sem Janez Jansa (2012)

69 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

A name... Everybody has one. The documentary discusses the role of one's name in private and public life, exploring the problem of homonimity and reasons fr changing one's name. The film ... See full summary »

Directors: Davide Grassi, Emil Hrvatin, Ziga Kariz

Votes: 46

35. The Startup Kids (2012)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

The Startup Kids is a documentary about young web entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe. It contains interviews with founders of Vimeo, Dropbox, Soundcloud and more who talk about how they ... See full summary »

Directors: Vala Halldorsdottir, Sesselja Vilhjalmsdottir | Stars: Trip Adler, Alexa Andrzejewski, Mike Butcher, Carter Cleveland

Votes: 584

36. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Crime

89 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 28,889 | Gross: $0.49M

37. The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012)

Not Rated | 136 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

Philosopher Slavoj Zizek examines the hidden themes and existential questions asked by world renowned films.

Director: Sophie Fiennes | Star: Slavoj Zizek

Votes: 5,095 | Gross: $0.07M

38. The Final Member (2012)

R | 75 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

Thirty miles from the Arctic Circle, in the northern Icelandic town of Husavik, stands the Icelandic Phallological Museum - the world's only Penis museum. Over 40 years, the founder and ... See full summary »

Directors: Jonah Bekhor, Zach Math | Stars: Sigurður Hjartarson, Páll Arason, Tom Mitchell, Ásbjörn Björgvinsson

Votes: 1,029 | Gross: $0.01M