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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Documentaries of Distinction: Summer 2014

Posted by Staff.

When perusing our DVD shelves, don't walk past the non-fiction section thinking that we only have a bunch of how-to videos. We carry a wide variety of DVDs and many are documentaries; short films whose purpose is to inform or accurately portray a subject. Topics can range from light-hearted to grim, but all provide interesting, thought-provoking stories. Next time you are looking for something new to watch, try a documentary. For more suggestions, jump over to our Pinterest board dedicated to staff recommendations.

McConkey (2013) Visually arresting and entertaining documentary about a daring and defiant downhill skier.

Generation Iron (2013)  Not nearly as good as Pumping Iron, but this is a good look at the current state of body building.

Blackfish (2013)  A movie about a killer whale (orca) held in captivity that killed several people.  The message: showing that you cannot always train live animals.

Beauty is Embarrassing (2012)  Follows the art career of Wayne White, a puppeteer who first gained recognition through his work on Pee-Wee's Playhouse.

Until the Light Takes Us (2009)  Tells the story of the Norwegian black metal music scene during the mid-90s - infamous as much for a series of murders and church arsons as it is for its unique musical and visual aethetics

The Gatekeepers (2012) A disturbing documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

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