Complex social subjects require complex thought and philosophical contemplation. These enlightening documentaries do a fantastic job in outlining the history and facts of their chosen subject, while presenting various philosophies to consider going forward. They are also riveting and entertaining.
13th (2016) is directed by Ava DuVernay. The film is named after America’s 13th Amendment, which abolishes slavery, with the exception of our prison population. It begins with the fact that 25 percent of the entire world’s prison population belongs to the United States. Along with a thorough presentation, DuVernay interviews experts as varied as Newt Gingrich and Angela Davis. 13th has been nominated for Best Documentary in the upcoming Academy Awards.
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016) is directed by Wener Herzog. Herzog chronicles the beginning of the internet, along with its original key players. The film explores many technological advancements with a quizzical eye. In classic Herzog form, he focuses on philosophies and the impact on us humans.
Requiem for the American Dream (2015) is directed by Peter D. Hutchison, Kelly Nykes and Jared P. Scott. Noam Chomsky presents the historical structuring of our government, and the economic impact that results by its design. It is a fascinating look at how much democracy we are actually afforded, and provides contemplation for the future.