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Six Must-Watch Wildlife and Nature Documentaries

Source:  Zoo Portraits Microcosmos (1996) - This French documentary, directed by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou, is an intimate look at the lives of insects and other small invertebrates. The original title was "Microcosmos: Le peuple de l’herbe" (Microcosmos:...

“Minding the Gap” is an evocative portrait of lost youth

Source:  The Film Stage Lorde’s song “Team,” with its lyrics “we live in cities you’ll never see on screen; not very pretty but we sure now how to run things,” seems to sum up the basic story of Bing Liu’s stirring, visually stunning study of time, place, and self. ...

NY Times Op-Docs: “Black Colleges in the Age of Trump”

Source:  The New York Times Stanley Nelson’s “Black Colleges in the Age of Trump” explores the difficult and sometimes bizarre relationship between the Trump administration and America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Nelson, whose previous...

VICE News investigates the true cost of climate change

Source:  VICE If President Trump’s prior life as a business mogul has any bearing, one factor could eventually convince him to change his administration’s stance on climate change: the cost. The world is already feeling the effects of climate change, and it stands to...

Five Documentaries that Explain the Nitty Gritties of Climate Change

Source:  WTD News Climate Refugees - This film reflects how climate change has the power to mass migrate people from one region to another. Meat the Truth - For all those who didn’t know that cows are the biggest reason for global warming, this documentary will be an...

Viruses are the antibiotics of the future

Source: Motherboard Since antibiotics were developed in the 1940s, several types of bacteria have naturally developed antibiotic resistance and some are already resistant to every known antibiotic in the world. If someone becomes infected with one of these so-called...

Five Criminal Injustice Documentaries to Watch on Netflix

Source:  Netflix Life Long Shot - When Juan Catalan is arrested for a murder he insists he didn’t commit, he builds his case for innocence around raw footage from popular TV show "Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The Confession Tapes - A collection of six cases where police,...

“Killing for Love” revisits a Virginia double murder case

Source:  The New York Times “Killing for Love” revisits the case of Elizabeth Haysom and Jens Soering, the University of Virginia student couple who were convicted in the 1985 killings of Ms. Haysom’s parents. Ms. Haysom pleaded guilty to being an accessory before the...

In “A German Life,” Goebbels’ secretary explains her actions

Source:  The New York Times “A German Life” is likely to be the last new movie of its kind: a documentary that presents contemporary testimony from someone who witnessed the inner workings of the Nazi high command. The movie is taken from 30 hours of interviews with...

Netflix orders big budget docuseries “The Last Czars”

Source:  Deadline Netflix has commissioned "The Last Czars," a big budget drama docuseries about the fall of the Romanov dynasty in Russia, from production company Nutopia. The six-part docuseries will follow the fall of the Russian Imperial Romanov family, headed by...

Eddie Van Halen sues to halt release of “5150 Vault” documentary

Source:  Loudwire Eddie Van Halen filed a civil injunction last week in an effort to block the sale of Van Halen footage shot at his 5150 studios beginning in 2006. The guitarist is suing based on copyright infringement and breach of contract, among other grounds,...

Sports Illustrated’s Best Sports Documentaries of 2017

Source:  Sports Illustrated Icarus - If you’re at all familiar with the current events surrounding Russia’s state-sponsored doping program—the reason the country was banned this month from the 2018 Winter Olympics—the revelations that follow will not exactly be...

HBO releases first teaser for Andre the Giant documentary

Source:  Sports Illustrated More than two years after the first rumblings that it was in the works, we finally have a first look at HBO’s documentary on pro wrestling legend Andre the Giant. HBO officially announced the project in February, with the WWE, Bill Simmons...

Vital documentary “The Cleaners” dishes the dirt on social media

Source:  CNET If you're reading this, you need to see "The Cleaners." It's an incisive new documentary that shines a light on the most uncomfortable questions about social media and the online age. You might want to look away. But, as the film shows, that's a big part...

The Science Channel readies “Silicon Valley: The Untold Story”

Source:  Realscreen An upcoming Science Channel docuseries will take a comprehensive look at Silicon Valley and how it became a fertile ground for technology breakthroughs. "Silicon Valley: The Untold Story" delves into the century-and-a-half history of the region...

“The New Radical” Asks, Is it OK to Build Your Own 3-D Gun?

Source:  Los Angeles Times Documentarian Adam Bhala Lough tackles the intersection of digital rights and the far right in his provocative, problematic film “The New Radical.” Lough sets his sights on Cody Wilson, the libertarian provocateur fighting for his...

Planet Earth II is now available on Netflix

Source:  Fstoppers One of the most epic documentary series ever created, BBC Earth’s “Planet Earth II” is now available to stream on Netflix. Debuting in November 2016 in the UK, the six-episode series reflects on our diverse planet and its most fascinating and...

Tracking Tigers is Just as Dangerous as it Sounds

Source:  National Geographic Matthew Luskin is a conservation biologist, wildlife ecologist, and National Geographic grantee. He spent a year in the rain forest of Indonesia tracking tigers through the remaining three largest national parks—and it was seriously...

Five Bitcoin documentaries you need to watch ASAP

Source:  Programming Insider Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It - This hour-long documentary, co-directed by Torsten Hoffmann, explores how and why Bitcoin could affect the traditional economic system and was released in December 2014, when Bitcoin was first...

What the heck is Bitcoin? Let this documentary on Netflix explain

Source:  GQ Unless you’ve been completely avoiding the news, you’ve probably heard of Bitcoin. You probably also have no idea what Bitcoin or the blockchain actually are. Then again, no one really seems to know. Bitcoin may revolutionize the world or be the biggest...

A teen prodigy deals with fame in “Chef Flynn”

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Flynn McGarry began his culinary career throwing dinner parties at the age of 10 in his living room. A few years later, he relocated into some of the most famous kitchens in the world before he could legally drive a car. The teenage...

BBC orders “definitive” documentary of Harvey Weinstein sex scandal

Source:  Variety The BBC is promising to bring viewers the “definitive” account of the Harvey Weinstein scandal after ordering a feature-length documentary from two-time Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn and his production company Lightbox. Although the British...

“Sennan Asbestos Disaster” explores a David vs. Goliath story

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter Three decades after using tales of wartime cannibalism to condemn the political maneuvers of Japan's ruling class, firebrand filmmaker Kazuo Hara returns with another j'accuse against his country’s officialdom with "Sennan Asbestos...

Oscar Nominations 2018: The Documentary List

Documentary Feature Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Faces/Places Icarus Last Men in Aleppo Strong Island Documentary Short Subject Edith + Eddie Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405 Heroin(e) Knife Skills Traffic Stop Receive all of the day’s stories in one email every...

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