Looking for Documentary Film Recommendations

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Next week I’m meeting up with some friends for a documentary club meeting. The past two weeks the group has watched “The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara” and “Man on Wire,” which won an Oscar last year. Next on the list: “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart,” a documentary about the band Wilco.

Here are some of the other documentaries my friends have recommended: (I must admit I had nothing to do with this list, as my knowledge of documentaries is lacking. I’m about to fix that, though!)

Afghan Star (2009)

Gaea Girls (2009)

Pressure Cooker (2009)

The Yes Men Fix the World (2009)

Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009)

Helvetica (2007)

My Kid Could Paint That (2007)

Nanking (2007)

Jesus Camp (2006)

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)

Dispatches: Undercover in the Secret State (2005)

Grizzly Man (2005)

Guns, Germs and Steel (2005)

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2004)

Control Room (2004)

The Corporation (2003)

War Photographer (2001)

Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends (1998-2000)

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987)

What other documentaries should we add to the list?

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