An inconvenient truth (2006)

Mark Twain said:
What gets us into trouble, is not what we don’t know.
Its what we know for sure that just ain’t so.


Directed by – Davis Guggenheim

One of the most famous documentaries of all times. The entire film is based on a detailed presentation that Al Gore, the former vice president of United states has been giving all over the world for many years now, to generate as much awareness as possible on Global Warming.

It starts humorously where he introduces himself as “I’m Al Gore, I used to be the next president of the United States of America”. And then it takes sporadic turns and twists with awing facts and figures and comparisons of ‘how it used to be’ and ‘how is looks like now’ images of the earth. The film again intercuts with his own personal life – where the fear of his 6 year old son’s death, made him realise what it meant to lose something that you take for granted. Since then, he never looked back.

As he asks us to take nature’s warnings seriously and to stop being mad – before its too late, he demonstrates the sentiment of scientists all over the world by putting tons of gold (economy) on one side of the weighing scale and the complete earth (nature) on the other – maintaining a balance, he says.

It was almost embarrassing and I could not help but wonder, that why – aren’t we serious yet? Do we need a dramatic tragic consequence to shake ourselves from our daily lives and actually think what we are leaving behind for our future generations? He also provided facts of how the most developed nation in the world, The USA – is responsible for almost all the carbon emissions that creates Global warming.

To the skeptical minds, he gives them this:
“Out of 928 peer reviewed articles, 0% had a doubt in the study. While out of 636 articles in popular press, 53% had a doubt. So no wonder, people are confused.”

Apart from the content, the film was undoubtedly very powerful. You could almost feel the hopelessness of the man in his crusade against killing mother earth and the constant motivation to not stop. That is quite something, isn’t it?

Edie and Thea – a very long engagement (2009)

edie and thea poster

Directed by – Susan MuskaGréta Olafsdóttir

I have made a rule to note down how a documentary film starts because if its a good film, at the end of it I always forget how it started. I am glad I remember how Edie and Thea began for me.

It did not feel like a film about a gay couple trying to find recognition in the US. It was a story of love and a life lived with “joy” about Edie and Thea who got married after 40 years of courtship. A story worth knowing about – a very honest, sweet tale of passion, adoration and togetherness. Even you are not a sucker for romance like me, I think you would quite love it.

Here is an interview with the directors that I stumbled upon. Click.

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Project Nim (2011)


Directed by – James Marsh

A film made on a chimp who was raised as a human child and then passed on to teachers after teachers under the care of Herbert Terrace, all of of who became integral in studying the behaviour and understanding the capabilities of the closest to human species. Five years down the line, as the fund locker emptied, he was sent to Institute for Primate studies in Oklahoma. That’s where most chimps lived. But as if that wasn’t enough for an animal who has never seen another one of his species to adapt, Nim Chimpsky was then bought by  Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP).

It is story of friendship, betrayal, suffering and perhaps, forgiveness. There is a lot to learn and derive from this utterly heartwarming documentary.

Experience, magic.

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Katiyabaaz (2013)


Directed by –  Deepti KakkarFahad Mustafa

Now, this came as a surprise. One, I did not expect I would love it so much. Two, it was not even a feature film! I know that sounds a little stupid. But you have to watch it to believe me. Powerless is not really a docudrama but gives you a feel of it and strikes the right chords with its effective story telling.

Powerless / Katiyabaaz is an objective take on the issue of habitual power cuts in Kanpur that goes up to 15 hours a day. While Loha, one of the many (but one the best too) katiyabaaz (an electrician who steals electricity), plays Robin-hood figure by charging the rich to provide free power connections in poor neighbourhoods. On the other hand is the first female chief of KESCO (Kanpur electricity supply company), Ritu who has vowed to clean up all illegal electricity connections, a first step forward to eliminate powerlessness.

The story of both sides comes as a sensible, informative, hilarious and gripping tale of the city’s predicament, from the people deprived of it to the officials responsible for it and of course, the politics that makes it all the more interesting.

The Act of Killing (2012)

The Act of Killing

Directed by –  Joshua Oppenheimer

The first film that I watched at MIFF and there couldn’t be a better start. The Act of Killing is a documentary wherein the title speaks of itself . It has been made in such a way that from the very beginning the filmmaker catches you by your ear. You have to listen to him and go with him on his journey into understanding the 1965-66 killings that took lives of more than 1 million communists. He has chosen an extraordinary subject to talk about this issue – One of the members of the death squads, Anwar Congo and his fellow-mate Adi Zulkadry.

The filmmaker challenged them to make a film of any genre to recreate the realities of the killings that they speak of so proudly and made a documentary on it called The act of killing. As you watch them relive their days as murderers, you’ll cringe and grasp your seat with disgust but you won’t take your eyes off the reality captured on screen – honest, seamless and justice made to the exceptional idea. Must watch for all documentary lovers