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  1. #11
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    I love documentaries! That is the best thing about Netflix, they have an amazing selection of cool and hard to find documentaries.
    Other than most of those already mentioned, my husband and I have recently watched and liked a couple others.
    "The Devil's Playground", which is about the Amish rumspringa (the pennsylvania dutch word for "running around"). That is a 1-2 year period that starts when amish youth are about 16, and they get to live in the modern world (they listen to music, drink, party, drive cars etc.) and about how so many of them return to the faith.
    "Hell House", which is about a church in Texas that mounts a hell house (a haunted house that depicts really gruesome scenes of date rape, drug use, abortion and homosexuality, all performed by the parishoners). It is really great because they don't try to make fun of the people in the film. If you agree with them you will appreciate the truth in it and if you don't agrtee you will appreciate how crazy they seem, both liberal New York audiences, and the actual parishioners liked it.
    There are many others, but of course I can't remember them now...
    (all our documantaries aren't always about religion, we just really like getting a windoe on a world we have no way of experiencing otherwise)

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    Thanks for your post, Breewell. I've wanted to see both those movies for awhile (I heard stories about them on NPR) but had forgotten the titles. Off to update the Netflix list ...

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    I saw Captuing the Freidmans just the other day. I thought it was very, very good.

    It's funny though, how you can watch a documentary and think you 'got' what it was about-- that the facts presented point to specific conclusions- and then someone else thinks they point to something else. And neither of you can really be wrong or right.

    I thought the father did not do anything to the boys in the computer classes. Noone would be so stupid because the sort of abuse he was accused of perpetrating IN THE COMPUTER CLASSES would have produced LOTS of physical evidence- and no physical evidence was ever found.

    Dude was DEFINITELEY a peadophile though. There definitely was child porn in the house, and in his own letters the guy refered to abuse he had done to other boys.

    So he WAS guilty of paedophilia but it is still scary that a person can go to jail even if there is no evidence... true he would never have come under suspicion if the magazines had not been traceed thru the postal system to his house... but it still worries me that 'evidednce' can be fabricated simply through hysteria and the coercion of little kids by police. I don;t think the youngest son did any abuse. The clown brother though? I would NEVER let him near my kids.

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    I saw an amazing documentary yesterday and since part of this thread is about asking for documentary recommendations, I thought I'd post it:

    Señorita extraviada/Missing Young Woman directed by Lourdes Portillo

    It's about the murders that are happening in Juárez, Mexico, which is a manufacturing center on the US-Mexico border. Basically, since the early 1990's, hundreds of young women have disappeared, many of whose bodies were later found in the desert, often badly beaten, tortured and sexually assualted before being killed. There are a number of theories about who is doing it and why -- gangs, drug traffickers, cults, the police, the owners/supervisors of the maquiladoras (sweatshops) where most of the women worked -- but no arrest in the case so far has managed to stop the killings, and no definitive answers have ever been given. The women all share certain characteristics -- they are slim, they are young, they are poor and they are (usually) darker-skinned. Despite the massive local media attention that the case has received, there seems to be markedly little being done by the authorities to stop it. This film interviews families of victims, people involved in the police investigation, women in organizations that are advocating for an end to the killings, and also uses news reporting.

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    I love docs too and some of my favourites have already been listed here...

    I highly recommend The Thin Blue Line if you haven't seen it -- it's about a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder, and the film being made actually helped to get him out of prison.

    I also liked Hell House, The Corporation, This is What Democracy Looks Like, Stevie, Stupidity, Step Across the Border (AMAZING film about music), The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

    And a plug -- if you live in Canada and get BRAVO, my partner did still photography for a series called Landscape as Muse; it's about visual artists and it's on Sundays at 6:30pm.

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    I just saw Hell House last night- I was surprised to see it at the video store after just having heard of it on this thread.

    It was interesting, but not the best-made doco I've ever seen. It seemed like the documentary makers just filmed what was happening and didn't seem to probe the motivations behind the Hell House-makers- like when they were first discussing them. it was hard to tell what the point of the Hell House scenes were- ie who were the church people making out to be the bad, godless people? It seemed like it was those people who would elicit most sympathy rather than opprobrium from most sensible people. It guess it wasn't made all that clear until the very very end that these people were pretty right-wing and conservative in their beliefs. It was just very confusing up to that point and then you're like, "Oh, they MEANT to be offensive to gays and depressives and women. NOW I get it."

    This is a great thread! We tried to get Thin Blue Line but it wasn't at the video store. I feel like I wanna print out all the one's mentioned on here and work my way through them.

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    I started watching this BBC documentary called "The Human Body" a few days ago. The first episode was about puberty, & the second about being preggers & giving birth. They showed a pretty graphic birth, which kinda freaked me out, since I'm really scared of childbirth! But they have really awesome filming- showing the inside of the body, & computer animated stuff, & time lapse... it's fascinating! Plus there were lots of naked people! I get really annoyed when I watch those hospital shows on the Discovery Channel or something & they blur the women's breast while she's breastfeeding or something. Urgh!
    The BBC does pretty good sciency documentaries, from what I've seen.

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    I wanted to see the Human Face which the BBC did as well- sposed to be great!

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    i thought this was one of the best movies/documentaries i had ever seen.

    i still think about it and it's months later. truly fantastic look at what the "truth" is.


 
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