3.11.2015

4 Must-See Documentaries

must-see documentaries

If you follow me on Instagram, you know M and I attended the True/False film festival this last weekend. True/False is an annual documentary film fest that happens in our town. From Thursday to Sunday we welcome some of the top documentaries from around the world, buskers, the best parties, and some pretty entertaining people. The festival is a HUGE deal in our town. True/False isn't only about films, though. It's also about people, art, and culture. There's even a 5K and a parade! Trust me when I say the True/False experience will move you.

This was the second time we have attended the festival and it did not disappoint. We saw a ton of great documentaries, as well as some that weren't really for us. Whether you're into documentaries or not, these four films will surely be worth your time.

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1. Meru. It's not atypical for a documentary to bring me to tears, but this one REALLY brought on the tears. It's easily one of the best films I have seen in the last 10 years. Meru is an inspiring story of friendship, sacrifice, hope, and obsession all in one. It documents the story of three world-class climbers as they attempt to be the firsts to summit the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in India. It takes two attempts, a few nearly fatal accidents, and an amazing partnership between these men to finally conquer Meru. You don't have to be a climber to appreciate the love, passion, and drive this film exudes. Lucky for you, the film will be coming to a theater near you in August of this year. You won't want to miss it, trust me.

(T)error documentary
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2. (T)error. This film wasn't at all what I was expecting, but it was SO good. (T)error documents the journey of one FBI counter-terrorism informant, "Shariff." Shariff, a single dad and Black revolutionary, has worked for the FBI for more than 20 years. This film, which is meant to be his last assignment, takes us through what it's like to be an informant for the FBI- including the ethically questionable practices and the murky justifications behind them.

Cartel Land Documentary

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3. Cartel Land. Being from Arizona, I am no stranger to the Mexican drug cartels, so this one hit home. Cartel Land offers a unique look at the havoc caused by cartels from the perspective of both sides of the border. South of the border, the film tells the story of Dr. Mireles Valverde, the founder and leader of the Autodefensas, a people's police that was created to combat the cartels. North of the border, we hear from Tim "Nailer" Foley of Arizona Border Recon which is focused on locating and documenting cartel movement of drugs on to U.S. soil. Through this film and these two men, we are immersed in the middle of the chaos into a position where we must attempt to distinguish heroes from villains.

Going Clear scientology documentary


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4. Going Clear. This film explores how intelligent, curious individuals can allow themselves to become immersed in something so degrading- Scientology. Going Clear introduces its audience to L. Ron Hubbard, the troubled and imaginative mind behind Scientology, as well as his successor David Miscavige. The director takes us inside the church's battle with the IRS, details its hoarded wealth, and offers an insider look into its shocking treatment of Scientology's opponents. The film urges you to ask yourself: what makes a religion and how does Scientology fit into that definition? This film will have you on the edge of your seat.

Have you ever attended a documentary film fest? What are your favorite documentaries? 

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31 comments :

  1. I love documentaries. I'll definitely be checking out Meru and Going Clear.

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  2. Brace yourself. They are intense!!!

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  3. I'm not huge on documentaries but some of these sound interested. Especially the one about the FBI informant. I will have to check them out! Thanks so much for having me on your sidebar!! I've loved it! :)

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  4. I don't think I've seen a documentary before, but I'll definitely have to check these out. Thanks for sharing. Also, these are some REALLY great questions!

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  5. I've never been to a documentary film fest but it sounds so fun!! Those documentaries would've had me on the edge of my seat and wanting more.

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  6. Ohhhh these ones might make you a fan! And you're very welcome, SO glad to hear you're having a good experience!

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  7. SHUT UP. Go watch one right now!

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  8. They definitely did, you should check them out!

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  9. I've been reading about Going Clear and it sounds so interesting! I watched this hour long discussion with the film makers and Paul Haggis (that's his name, right?) about it and it made me really want to see it.

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  10. Yep! You really should see it, it was EYEOPENING

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  11. These all sound so interesting, I am definitely going to check them out, thanks for sharing them!

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  12. Are any of these on Netflix? I'm definitely interested in watching the one about Scientology.

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  13. Dance With A DollyMarch 11, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    I have to admit I have seen very few documentaries but those four all sound so intriguing. I think I need to give this genre a real chance.

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  14. I am interested to see (T)errorism, considering how many years I spent working interagency counterterrorism things, plus a few years working on the JTTF in the field. There is so much that goes into sources and counterterrorism sources are a different breed than the traditional "snitches" that people think about when they think about for the old FBI that mostly dealt with drug cases.

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  15. You'll have to let me know what you think!

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  16. I don't think they are- but they usually end up there eventually

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  17. PLEASE DO. I could watch documentaries for days haha it's a problem

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  18. YES! You would really like it then!

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  19. Meru looks great. I find climbing so interesting, I would love to see that when it comes out.

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  20. Brace yourself, it's an emotional roller coaster!

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  21. I have been eagerly anticipating Going Clear since it was first announced as I've always been oddly fascinated by Scientology's workings. Since it hit the film festival circuits it's been getting ace reviews and I just want it to be May so I can see it.

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  22. I adore documentaries-- they're one of my favorite genres to watch! Each of these looks amazing. One of my favorite documentaries is Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Just so good.

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  23. I've always been curious about Scientology. Just to know what it's all about. So I'm going to have to look into that documentary.

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  24. I haven't heard of that one, I will have to look into it! Hopefully you're able to watch a few of these!

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  25. Prepare to have your mind blown

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  26. I love documentaries and I have yet to see any of the ones you mentioned. I think I'll start with Terror!

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  27. The majority of these aren't out yet, but keep your eyes out!

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  28. I LOVE documentaries!! Will def be checking these out! :)

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  29. Oh my gosh. I really want to see Meru now!

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