Source: Digital Trends
Beware the Slenderman – The internet is an incredible petri dish in which to observe the ways in which ideas and stories can spread and evolve, and Slender Man is one of the best examples. The Slender Man mythos crossed into the mainstream in a dark way, however, in 2014, when two girls in Wisconsin fatally stabbed a classmate, claiming Slender Man forced them to do it. “Beware the Slenderman” investigates the case, using interviews with people close to the incident, to try and understand how such a thing could happen.
Gasland Part II – Josh Fox’s 2010 documentary, “Gasland,” proved to be one of the most important environmental films of the 21st century, galvanizing the anti-fracking movement, and while the sequel doesn’t break new ground, it does show how far activists still need to go. The first film focused on fracking in the U.S., while “Part II” expands its scope to the rest of the world, examining how big energy companies are trying to expand as much as possible while thwarting the efforts of authorities to regulate their activities.
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief – Director Alex Gibney takes a look inside the Church of Scientology, a religious organization built around the teachings of science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. The film focuses on the inner workings of the Church, touching on issues of tax evasion, exploitation, and even allegations of abuse within the organization.
Mommy Dead and Dearest – This HBO documentary explores the disturbing and tragic story of mother and daughter Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard. Dee Dee presented herself to the world as a doting mother, caring for her terminally ill daughter. When police discovered Dee Dee murdered in her house, with Gypsy nowhere in sight, the story turned out to be much darker than anyone could have imagined.
4 Little Girls – Of the many tragedies of the Jim Crow era, one of the most horrific was the 1963 bombing of a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama which killed four young girls. Spike Lee’s documentary is a clear-eyed examination of the bombing and the context surrounding it. Although it offers a comprehensive narrative of a major event in the Civil Rights movement, Lee’s film is also a deeply personal one, never losing its focus on the girls who died, and the people who mourn them.
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