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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Documentaries of Distinction 2012 Part 2a - Jacob's Picks

Posted by Jacob D. via Alana T.

Jacob D. watches so many films that it's difficult to keep track.  When I asked for suggestions for documentaries, he rattled off a dozen.  Listed below are the first six.

My Architect  A son tries to find his father, decades after his death.  The son interviews people who know his father, famed architect Louis Khan, and visits his father's works around the world.  Sad, quirky, beautiful.

Gates of Heaven  Considered by Robert Ebert to be one of the 10 best movies ever made, this documentary runs the gamut from hilarious to heartwrenching, throught provoking to bizzare. Filmmaker Errol Morris lauched his career with this Oscar winning documentary about pet cemetaries.

Dear Zachary: A Letter to His Son by His Father  Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's deeply personal film set forth to acquaint his murdered friend's son with the father he'd never know takes some seriously unexpected turns.

Little Dieter Needs to Fly Werner Herzog dramatically depicts the true story of a young German boy's wartime encounter with an American pilot that leads him to take to the sky as well-eventually flying in the Vietnam War and becoming a prisoner of the North Vietnamese.

Through the Fire  What is it like to be a high school senior on the verge of going pro? Experience a riveting documentary that chronicles the riches-or-ruin gambles of one of basketball's fastest rising stars.

Genghis Blues
Paul Pena heard a sound -- something intensely beautiful but disturbing at the same time -- coming from his short-wave radio. The sound was that of Tuvan throat-singers, a sound that changed his life forever and sent him on a journey across the world to Tuva, a small country on the border of Mongolia.

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