Your Cinematographic Guide to Knowledge and Experience
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Learn, Teach, and Inspire
In today’s “post-truth” world, educating ourselves about important issues and finding varied and reliable information sources is as critical as ever. We live in hectic times. On the internet, gossip acquires fact status in nanosecond. People, including politicians, cherry-pick data and come to whatever conclusion they desire. So if you feel stranded, trying to make sense of the blinding fog of (mis)information, you have come to the right place. We present documentary films as an in-depth and inspiring resource and offer a perfect platform to educate oneself and others.
Although few seem to admit it, the world has issues that are far greater than Covid-19. To name a few – climate change, the altering international power balance, poverty. Unless we handle these issues quickly, we are headed for disaster. Important changes always come from younger generations because their minds are freer and less dependant on existing power structures. Yet, today’s Covid-19 measures put a severe lit on their potential to gather, express their protest, and form a visible front against the status quo. Check out the documentaries below and realize that youth culture is the playground of our future.
Learn from the past to shape the future
Fifty years ago, in August 1970, the third edition of the Isle Of Wight Festival took place. Acknowledged as the largest musical event of our time, the festival was one of the highlights in the development of the 1960s and 70s counterculture. It introduced to the world a tradition that lasts to this very day but is now smuthered by Covid-19. Notably during the summer, youth cultures gather at festivals to express their way of life through song and dance. The best documentary to describe the birth of this tradition is Gimme Shelter about the Rolling Stones 1969 US tour.
Rich Context Included
Our catalog contains a vast selection of free documentary scenes, each utterly thought-provoking and linked to the full film for further representation. To optimize the learning potential of our catalog, each scene and film is richly contexted with facts, figures, and related video material. When browsing our website, you’ll find these categorized as debate, excerpt, speech, or Q&A.
Life during the great depression
Economists predict that the coronavirus crisis will be comparable with the Great Depression, the period of devastating economic decline between 1929 and 1939, which saw mass unemployment, factory closures and the accompanying personal trauma, and eventually World War II
The power of documentary
key to effective instruction
Using documentary films in an educational setting
A direct path to engagement is simply to tell a good story. Documentary film, engages and instructs through storytelling. Even when excellent course materials are available, the addition of documentary film to teaching brings a number of enhancements.
Despite the apparent passivity of watching, visual media can lead to greater engagement with the material, which leads to high retention. Ask yourself how many good movie scenes you can recall? Now–how many good textbook passages?
for the learner: Viewing a film demands less of the audience than reading text or clicking through a course. The learner follows along with the story without conscious effort.
Viewing documentaries together, gives people the opportunity to voice out their opinions, which not only strengthens the group’s bond but also gives a platform to learn about everyone’s views in the group.
“Watch this” (at home, in class, on a phone) is an easy task to assign and to complete. Much easier than “read pages 148-207” or “complete Module 5.”
The Best Documentaries By Subject
First Kill is a very confronting documentary film that revolves around the psychology of war. The harrowing documentary is one of the most popular documentary films ever made among men, yet a young woman – Coco Schrijver made the film.
Winner of IDFA’s prestigeous zapper award in 1996, Love Beyond Frontiers is a timeless documentary series that portrays women who have fallen in love with men from completely different cultural backgrounds
Although China is displaying a superpower’s ambition, it is doubtful that china will be able to sustain that role culturally. World dominance can only be achieved by a culturally open society. For now China lacks that fundament
Broken silence is an awesome, visually arresting documentary film that takes us back 30 years to the beginning of China’s advance to world dominance. The film won many international awards, including the prestigious Grand Prix of Visions du Real in Nyon, Switzerland. It focuses on five prominent Chinese composers – Qi Gang Chen, Tan Dun, Wenjing Guo, Qu Xiao-Song, Mo Wuping – who came into contact with Western classical music, which was still labelled anti-revolutionary, in the late seventies.
Are you for or against the death penalty? Watch Procedure 769, witness to an execution to find out.
Surplus, terrorized into being consumers, is a truly exceptional documentary film, a one-of-a-kind. The film is a convincing argument against consumerism and presents its case in the exhilarating format of a music video. The film is directed by Erik Ghandini and edited by Johan Soderberg who is well known for his work for Madonna. The film is an absolute must-see for editors.
Child of the commune is a superb documentary film by director Maroesja Perizonius about her personal experiences as a child in the movement of the Indian guru, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
Anatomy of Evil is an extraordinary as well as horrifying documentary film essay by director Ove Nyholm about the motives for genocide.
By focusing on the phenomenon of economic bubbles, the documentary When Bubbles Burst provides a fascinating glimpse into the global economy’s inner workings. The film is a highly- intelligent examination of the mechanics behind economic bubbles, crashes and suggests trends for the future.
Duende is an incredibly inspiring documentary that aims to give meaning to the term Duende. In Flamenco culture the word Duende is used to describe a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity aspired by performing artist – in dance, music and bullfighting. The film is a must-see for anyone interested in the source of true art.
New York city 1911
The Art Of Documentary Filmmaking
Documentary filmmaking is more than the smart presentation of “real life” events. In fact, it is more than a profession – it is a mental state committed to the richness and ambiguity of life as it really is.
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Documentary filmmakers have a disciplined passion for scrutinizing the organization of human life and are committed to putting it on record for you. Spirited by their passion, good documentaries often serve as powerful tools to bring about change. We invite you to be part of that change.
what is a documentary
A documentary reflects a fascination with, and a profound respect for, actuality. Although documentaries come in many different styles, at the heart of documentary filmmaking is a contract with the audience
why are documentary films important?
Documentary films enable us to vicariously experience other realities than our own, and thus to connect emotionally with lives, actions, and issues that would otherwise remain alien.
are good documentaries objective?
People frequently assume documentaries are or should be objective. However, the alluring notion that the camera can ever objectively record anything begins to break down as soon one confronts a few practical considerations.→
DOCUMENTARY AND TELEVISION: AN UNHAPPY MARRIAGE!
Until recently documentary makers relied almost wholly on television to show their work. Television defined both content and form of the genre, taking away much of the genre’s free spirit.
what is a good documentary
It may sound banal, but a truly great documentary transcends the Epoque of its subject.