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Green Dogg

Favourite Documentaries

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Why We Fight by Eugene Jarecki

Content, soundtrack, structure – excellent: just a flawless documentary overall.

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Arthur C Clarke - Fractals - The Colors Of Infinity

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Fourteen Days in May is a documentary directed by Paul Hamann. The program recounts the final days before the execution of Edward Earl Johnson, an American prisoner convicted of rape and murder. Johnson protested his innocence and claimed that his confession had been made under duress. He was executed in Mississippi’s gas chamber on May 20, 1987.

Certainly gets you thinking

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhHutCNkjEc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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...But the recent history of the world- Andrew Marr has been an enlightenment :smokin: ...

...followed by an industrial revolution :)

The Scorsese films on George Harrison were good, shed a lot of light I felt.

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Bombies - The Secret War in Laos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HPH7grVHR0

An excellent documentary about the lasting legacy of unexploded ordnance in Laos from the secret, illegal bombing campaign spearheaded by Nixon and Kissinger during the Vietnam conflict. "Bombies" are unexploded cluster bomblets and they still kill and maim thousands a year in what is the most heavily bombed, per square mile, country on earth.

A truly haunting documentary about the Rwandan genocide, Ghosts of Rwanda:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xON22c7pZ6c&feature=player_embedded&list=PL400E24F31EAC776A

Through interviews with key government officials, diplomats, soldiers, and survivors of the slaughter, Ghosts of Rwanda presents groundbreaking, first-hand accounts of the genocide from those who lived it: the diplomats on the scene who thought they were building peace only to see their colleagues murdered; the Tutsi survivors who recount the horror of seeing their friends and family slaughtered by Hutu friends and co-workers; and the U.N. peacekeepers in Rwanda who were ordered not to intervene in the massacre happening all around them.

The documentary features interviews with Canadian Gen. Romeo Dallaire, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and former National Security Adviser Anthony Lake as well as haunting interviews with the Hutu killers themselves, and a powerful interview with BBC journalist Fergal Keane who traveled through Rwanda as the genocide was drawing to a close.

As an aside, topdocumentaryfilms.com has an extensive list of documentaries on all sorts of subjects, there's well over a thousand on there, well worth checking out.

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IMO, the best documentary about the Vietnam war and US involvement in French Indochina:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC-PXLS4BQ4

It features interviews with both US servicemen and with Vietnamese civilians affected by the conflict. The interviews near the beginning with US bomber pilots and people bombed out of their homes are a particularly stark contrast. The theme running throughout the interviews with US soldiers is one of racism and indoctrination to dehumanise the Vietnamese...I dare say similar attitudes towards the "enemy" perservere today. but exchange the words "gooks" and "dinks" for "ragheads" and "sand-niggers". Cunts. :(

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Bump! Bollocks to it, I'm going to keep posting on this thread even if no-one else is! :rofl:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LcaMSPkQpFg

Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death.

Again, an excellent documentary about the Belgian Congo and the wickedness inflicted on the people of Central Africa during the reign of one of the vilest characters in recent history, King Leopold.

This describes its subject better than I can at this time on a Friday night:

Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death describes how King Leopold II of Belgium turned Congo into its private colony between 1885 and 1908.

Under his control, Congo became a gulag labor camp of shocking brutality. Leopold posed as the protector of Africans fleeing Arab slave-traders but, in reality, he carved out an empire based on terror to harvest rubber.

Families were held as hostages, starving to death if the men failed to produce enough wild rubber. Children’s hands were chopped off as punishment for late deliveries.

The Belgian government has denounced this documentary as a “tendentious diatribe” for depicting King Leopold II as the moral forebear of Adolf Hitler, responsible for the death of 10 million people in his rapacious exploitation of the Congo.

Yet, it is agreed today that the first Human Rights movement was spurred by what happened in the Congo.

What the Belgians did in the Congo was forgotten for over 50 years. It’s a shocking, astonishing story. In a way, it’s a horrifying prelude in European history to the Holocaust.

Between 1870 and 1900 the Congo was pillaged – it was valuable as a source of rubber. King Leopold created his own colony in the Congo over which he ruled unchecked.

Peter Bate’s film is a marvelously made reconstruction of those days – it features footage of Congolese villages and explains with actors exactly what happened.

It’s really a memorable film – the painfulness of what is described is counterbalanced by the great skill in the storytelling.

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General butt naked, scary shit :smokin:

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crocodile, scary shit :smokin:

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one of my idols

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I hit the jackpot with my last to d/l`s

If We Had No Moon, excellent doc with some very interesting angles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW_vmnfTeWM

For All Mankind, without doubt best documentary about the moon landings i`ve ever seen, made up of all original film, no bullshit, and fucking jaw dropping in places, you get a real personal feel of what it was like to go on that mission

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