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    Documentaries worth watching. Post 'em here

    I've been posting a couple of (what I think are good) documentaries lately and I thought it might be nice for people to post their favourites here. There is plenty of great watching out there and I enjoy a good night in with a bit of good non fiction so post your favourites here!

    I get a bit bored with movies and would much rather see something real

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    Dear Zachary. Pretty heavy but a must see. It is easy to give the plot away which will spoil it but have some kleenex handy if you are watching with a girl or are a bit blubby yourself.
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    The "Power of Nightmares"

    I like it, a straight up look at how the previous criminal incumbents in the white house handled things....Amazing how a handful of people can cause so much misery in the world....

    The Power of Nightmares, a three-hour BBC documentary directed by Adam Curtis, is arguably the most important film about the "war on terrorism" since the events of September 11. It is more intellectually engaging, more historically probing and more provocative than any of its rivals, including Fahrenheit 9/11. But although it has been shown at Cannes and at a few film festivals in the United States, it has yet to find an American distributor, and for understandable reasons. The documentary asserts that Al Qaeda is largely a phantom of the imagination of the US national security apparatus. Indeed, The Power of Nightmares seeks nothing less than to reframe the past several decades of American foreign policy, from the Soviet menace of the 1970s to the Al Qaeda threat of today, to argue that neoconservatives in the American foreign policy establishment have vastly exaggerated those threats in their quest to remake the world in the image of the United States.

    http://www.thenation.com/doc/20050620/bergen

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    Many of you may have seen this but if not, get it, sit back and enjoy. Werner Herzog is one of the premier documentary film makers around around. Great doco.

    Grizzly Man - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Obviously all these docos are available to view, search at your usual source.

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    Deep Water, Touching the Void, must see doco's imho.

    I enjoyed watching Zeitgeist also, although probably to be taken with a couple of grains of salt.

    Michael Moore always gets some laughs out of me.

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    Check out the vice guide to North Korea and Liberia (last 3 parts of the Liberia guide are still in production). Two places that really are hell on earth. The Liberian one is a trip. They interview general bin laden, butt naked, and rambo.
    Vice Guide to North Korea 1 of 3 - The Vice Guide to Travel | VBS.TV

    The Vice Guide to Liberia 1 of 8 - The Vice Guide to Travel | VBS.TV


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    Sounds good, will check it out.

    The Power of Nightmares is amazing how they show the history of Islamic fundamentalism and Neo Conservatism are basically one and the same. What a strange world we live in.

    We are basically foked by the powers that be at the moment....Is there any hope?

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    My favourite TV presenter is Jeremy Clarkson. He's made 2 cracking docos about a couple of WWII topics (The Victoria Cross: For Valour - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia & St Nazaire Raid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) and I'm going to look for another one of his about Inventions that Changed the World.

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    Marmite, I have loads of Top Gear / Clarkson Meets the Neighbours / James May Toy Stories if you want any when down next.

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    You can't go wrong with these Maysles brothers classics:

    Grey Gardens - 1975 (Not be be confused with the 2009 HBO docudrama of the same name)
    Seventy-nine year old Edith Bouvier Beale and her fifty-six year old daughter, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, are Jacqueline Kennedy's aunt and cousin. Living alone with several cats, fleas and raccoons (the latter, wild, which live in the attic but who Edie feeds), the Beale's are discovered living in filth and squalor in Grey Gardens, their 28-room family mansion located in East Hampton, Long Island, the mansion which doesn't even have running water.


    Gimme Shelter - 1970
    A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.


    Salesman - 1969
    In 1992, Salesman was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
    Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.

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    No End In Sight.

    A brilliantly told account of the aftermath of the Iraq war and what a complete hash they made of it. Literally jaw dropping facts on incompetence of the Bush administrations attempt at rebuilding Iraq after they blew it up.

    Should be mandatory viewing in schools.

    I'm not a violent man but I especially wanted to smash that prick Rumsfeld in the face after watching it. At least throw a shoe at him. Smarmy c**t.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bung View Post
    ...I'm not a violent man but I especially wanted to smash that prick Rumsfeld in the face after watching it. At least throw a shoe at him. Smary c**t.
    What's interesting is seeing him in the archive footage of 'The Power of Nightmares'. He's basically knowingly telling/repeating the same lies as he did in the lead-up to, during and post the invasion of Iraq only about the Russians. It's very telling in the 'World Needs A Boogeyman' kinda way.

    And of course the thing about it all is no doubt the same people who believed his BS then were only to willing and ready to swallow it again whole when it came to Iraq. Many of them post on here.

    "Propaganda must facilitate the displacement of aggression by specifying the targets for hatred. "

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    Here's a review:

    'No End in Sight,' A Direct Hit on Iraq War Makers
    By Stephen Hunter
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, July 27, 2007


    The script of Charles Ferguson's "No End in Sight" would certainly be in the hands of prosecutors in the event of impeachment hearings. The documentary is a furious, if quietly stated, indictment of the president and all his men in re the debacle that our adventure in Iraq has turned into. Ferguson builds a compelling case of bad judgment, error, stubbornness, arrogance, all of it adding up to a mess with no end in sight.
    It's also, most impressively, an evocation of that horror. Astutely edited by Chad Beck and Cindy Lee, it assembles a depressing cascade of imagery from the war: the tanks pulling through the dusty, ancient towns; the young Americans scooting through the ruins in their Terminator shades; optics-festooned plastic rifles, looking for targets as the children and women flee; the detonation of a roadside bomb with its surreal combination of speed and energy; and, of course, the talking heads, who talk, then talk some more, then talk still more, that is, if they'll talk at all. (Wolfowitz, Bremer and Rumsfeld wouldn't; all are represented in archival footage.)
    What we're left with, thankfully, is no psych-ward collection of nut-case radicals so unhinged by Bush's temerity that they dilate their nostrils and spray saliva and throb in their veins and arteries like creatures from another planet. No word of impeachment is broached, no partisan politics are referred to, and the usual subjects or frequent critics are nowhere in sight.
    Instead, Ferguson, a Brookings scholar and software entrepreneur, has rounded up some unusual suspects. Mostly mid-level bureaucrats who served in the occupation and watched in horror as the chaos doubled and redoubled and nearly everyone became infected with nihilism and dread, they form an effective set of witnesses because they don't seem instinctively anti-Bush. Their attitude isn't the unearned moral superiority of people who never risked anything, but more a kind of melancholy of what is but what didn't have to be. To be sure, some of the complaints are common to all bureaucracies, military-diplomatic or plastic manufacturing or newspaper publishing: My supervisors didn't pay any attention to me; they made policy based on unrealistic wishful thinking; they wouldn't admit mistakes; they blundered ahead, going from bad to worse. Of this group, the diplomat Barbara Bodine and an early on-the-ground executive, retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, seem by far the most impressive and the least partisan. They are also, in some ways, the saddest. One of them -- I name no names -- seems a little self-dramatizing.
    Then there are some journalists and authors, but nobody from the Nation or even the New Republic; Time and Atlantic Monthly are represented. Richard Armitage represents (forcefully) those at the State Department who never thought it was such a good idea. And Ferguson is lucky that the one Bushie with the guts to go before the camera is a ramrod-straight, tough-as-samurai-steel gent named Walter Slocombe, who refuses to blink, equivocate or back down. In the subtle moral landscape of the film, he makes a pretty good villain. Armitage and a lieutenant colonel named Paul Hughes are the heroes. A poor Marine lieutenant named Seth Moulton and an Army specialist who got blown up are the designated victims.
    The case everybody makes seems pretty tight, and Ferguson keeps it simple for us morons of the unwashed public. He zeroes in on three decisions that U.S. administrator Paul Bremer made, seemingly on the spot without a lot of thought, the most disastrous of which was to disband the Iraqi army. Suddenly there are 500,000 men armed with AK-47s and RPGs with nothing to do, no way to make a living. The only thing that's free is ammo, as the country has more than 70 weapons dumps that the Americans are too short-handed to guard. Mischief seems almost preordained from that single mistake, and most of the witnesses say they warned Bremer against the shortsightedness of the decision, but he wouldn't listen.
    In all this Bush is portrayed not as a master manipulator, nor as Karl Rove's sock-puppet, but as a man truly disengaged, even bored by the situation. It's distressing to learn that the president didn't even bother to read a one-page summary of arguments regarding a certain policy decision, but simply allowed Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to decide.
    Sometimes, Ferguson is petty. He briefly evokes but does not develop several smaller issues, such as the armor on Humvees and the use of contractors on security details. And he makes, in my view, much too much of the decision in the first days of the occupation not to send troops to guard the National Museum in Baghdad after massive looting had broken out all over the city. One witness says, "That's when we lost the Iraqi people." Maybe so, but if we'd sent a platoon to cover it and a Spec. 4 had panicked and pulled the trigger on his M240, the same people who decry the lack of protection would have decried the protection and made a myth out of the museum massacre and someone would say, " That's where we lost the Iraqi people." Or if the boy had panicked and didn't pull the trigger and a mob overwhelmed and murdered the platoon -- still another scandal. One way or another the museum was going to dissatisfy everyone and enter mythology. You'll have your opinion, but since I'm writing, I get to offer mine: Sorry, but no Iraqi plate or bowl, no matter how old, was worth a single American life.
    Will history absolve Bush or Ferguson and his many allies in the press and in both the Democratic and Republican parties? You could say: Only time will tell. Or you could say: Bush. Or you could say: anti-Bush. Or you could say: Certitude is for fools.

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    Maybe good to link to a download source too, as well as background info.

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    Can DL at you usual source.......If you can manage a dl you should manage to find it.

    Don't understand what you mean by background info. I posted the review but i was a bit slow as the net is fickle this morning.
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    'Earth Story' 6 part BBC job, downloaded it and watched it after Miggins mentioned it. Was excellent.

    'The Story Of India' another 6 part job from the BBC, and totally fascinating.

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    Not an actual Doco but MegaFactories has been a superb watch.

    Megafactories | Programmes | Nat Geo AU & NZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post

    Saw this as well a while ago. Very good. Maybe time for a reviewing

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    Found this interesting on You Tube. Cambodian gangs deported to Cambodia ... a very nasty reality check for them.


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    This is one from Melvbot's Websites.

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    Just finished watching David Dimblebey in RUSSIA.....good stuff.

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    This one makes you want to sell everything and dive in.


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    Watched a PBS documentary "Meltdown at 3 mile Island" - didn't realise how potentially bad it was - I was a bit young at the time



    got it from Docs4you (Powered by Invision Power Board) which has LOTS of great docs.

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    Winter Soldier (1972)


    Winter Soldier is a filmed record of the veterans who gathered to relate stories of the atrocities that they and others had committed in the Vietnam War. Held on January 31, 1971, more than 125 voices spoke of horrors beyond comprehension, the rape, mutilation and mass murder of Vietnamese civilians, their villages burned to the ground, their culture irretrievably lost at the hands of the American military.

    After it premiered at Cannes in 1972, Winter Soldier has been rarely seen in the United States. Its recent revival both theatrically and on DVD was surely prompted by the events unfolding in Iraq. While the film leads one to question the dehumanizing aspects of military training over the concept of war itself, the truly alarming difference between Vietnam and Iraq is that America’s youth is no longer in solidarity, no longer rejecting the hideousness that’s been systematically foisted upon them.


    Yeah, where's the current anti-war movement? Bought off and hypnotized by shit like iPhones and video games I reckon.

    I've heard about this film for a long time. As the blurb says, since it's release in 1972, it's been rarely seen in the US. After watching the film, it's easy to see why.

    A damning indictment of the American war machine/economy from the mouths of her formally brainwashed killing machines.
    A must see.

    Downloaded from a private tracker, it might be hard to find elsewhere. One of the best doc's I've ever seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bexar County Stud View Post
    Downloaded from a private tracker, it might be hard to find elsewhere. One of the best doc's I've ever seen.
    Any chance you could upload to PB or somewhere?

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