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IDA 25 Best Documentaries - Intl Documentary Association

James Byrne
 
Hoop Dreams [DVD]
Hoop Dreams [DVD]
"Follows two African American teenage basketball prodigies as they move through high school with long-shot dreams of the NBA"
The Thin Blue Line [DVD]
The Thin Blue Line [DVD]
"Should have been number 1. Reconstruction of the murder of Dallas policeman Robert Wood in 1976, through film clips, interviews"
Bowling For Columbine [DVD] [2002]
Bowling For Columbine [DVD] [2002]
"Moore's diatribe about gun proliferation in America. Highlight is his confrontation with NRA president Charlton Heston."
Spellbound [DVD] [2003]
Spellbound [DVD] [2003]
""Who would have thought that a documentary about US spelling US spelling bee contestants could be as suspense-filled as a Hitchcock thriller?""
Harlan County USA [DVD]
Harlan County USA [DVD]
"A tense Oscar winning documentary chronicling coal miner's strike in Kentucky,"
An Inconvenient Truth [DVD] [2006]
An Inconvenient Truth [DVD] [2006]
"Al Gore tries to save the planet. Pity he didn't think about it when he was in power."
Crumb [DVD] [1995]
Crumb [DVD] [1995]
"Biopic of the cartoonist with insightful look into creativity and dysfunction family relationships."
Gimme Shelter [DVD] [2009]
Gimme Shelter [DVD] [2009]
"Best rock documentary of all time according to Mark Kermode. 1970 Rolling Stones concert. Maysles directs."
The Fog Of War [DVD] [2004]
The Fog Of War [DVD] [2004]
"2004 best documentary Oscar. Captivating look at late Robert McNamara. Wonderful score by Philip Glass"
Roger and Me [1989] [DVD] [1990]
Roger and Me [1989] [DVD] [1990]
"Moore turns his anger on General Motors Chairman Roger B Smith after a local plant is closed."
Super Size Me [DVD] [2004]
Super Size Me [DVD] [2004]
"Morgan Spurlock's polemic against the fast food industry using himself as guinea pig"
Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back [DVD] [2007]
Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back [DVD] [2007]
"The Gospel for Dylan fans. Chronicles his 1965 UK tour. "Judas!". In BW."
Salesman [Masters of Cinema] [1968] [DVD]
Salesman [Masters of Cinema] [1968] [DVD]
"1968. The lives of traveling Bible salesmen as recorderd by Gimme Shelter directors."
Koyaanisqatsi/ Powaqqatsi [DVD]
Koyaanisqatsi/ Powaqqatsi [DVD]
"Breathtaking experimental time-lapse photography and Philip Glass score. A travesty that it got ranked below An Inconvenient Truth."
Sherman's March [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Sherman's March [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
""After his girlfriend leaves him, filmmaker Ross McElwee takes a voyage along the original route followed by Civil War General William Sherman."
Grey Gardens [DVD] [NTSC]
Grey Gardens [DVD] [NTSC]
"Maysles' portrait of aunt and first cousin of Jackie Onassis and their unusual life together"
Capturing The Friedmans [2004] [DVD]
Capturing The Friedmans [2004] [DVD]
"Another dysfuctional family, captured on their own film."The resulting story will haunt you long after the end-credits roll""
Born Into Brothels [DVD] [2007]
Born Into Brothels [DVD] [2007]
"Story of children.from Calcutta's red light district. The power of art to survive despite abject poverty, abuse, despair, tragedy and heartbreak."
Five Films by Frederick Wiseman: Titicut Follies, High School, Welfare, High School II, Public Housing
Five Films by Frederick Wiseman: Titicut Follies, High School, Welfare, High School II, Public Housing
"Not on DVD"
Buena Vista Social Club [1999] [DVD]
Buena Vista Social Club [1999] [DVD]
"Moving portrait of Cuban musicians by Wim Wenders  and Ry Cooder."
Fahrenheit 911 [DVD]
Fahrenheit 911 [DVD]
"Michael Moore on George Bush and his Saudi connections and alleged draft dodging."
Winged Migration [DVD] [2004] [NTSC]
Winged Migration [DVD] [2004] [NTSC]
"Film about bird migration with breathtaking photography and hypnotic music. If you liked  Koyaanisqatsi..."
Grizzly Man [2005] [DVD]
Grizzly Man [2005] [DVD]
"No one does obsession like Werner Herzog. (Burden of Dreams should have been on this list)"
Night And Fog [DVD]
Night And Fog [DVD]
"Astonishinging Holocaust documentary, only thirty minutes long, but worth 10 Schindler's Lists"
Woodstock [DVD] [2009]
Woodstock [DVD] [2009]
"'Don't take the brown acid.'"