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Documentaries (update)

On hindsight my previous post on documentaries to watch might have been a tad premature for not 3 days later were the Sundance 2012 Awards announced and my, what a great collection of films there were.

The entire list of movies and awards that were given out can be found here, but I just wanted to highlight a few that I thought were particularly interesting.


Searching for Sugar Man has an engaging synopsis – it’s about the search for famous 1970 South African musician ‘Rodriguez’, who was assumed to have died under mysterious circumstances. The search does yield some interesting results and well … I’ll leave you to watch it for yourself and find out. The movie is so fresh that it doesn’t yet have a trailer so keep a lookout for that.


‘National Geographic’ photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In ‘Chasing Ice,’ we follow Balog across the Arctic as he deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Balog’s hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a young team of adventurers by helicopter, canoe and dog sled across three continents, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story in human history. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramp up around the world, ‘Chasing Ice’ depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to gather evidence and deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet


There really isn’t much more to say from here, however, after An Inconvenient Truth this might be the next most important film to grace out planet. Especially so as debate over hydraulic fracturing, cap and trade policies and other environmental issues rages on with the upcoming US presidential election. While climate change is still considered a theory by many, one wonders how many more environmental films will have to come out (alongside a barrage of reports, photos and more tellingly, increase in natural disasters) before people start buying into it.

-Waiting for Superman

This was one of the films that I wanted to mention in the earlier post but it slipped my mind. The trailer is emotional and moving and I’m trying to find the documentary online. As Singapore, Finland and South Korea jostle for the position of ‘best education system’ what has become clear is that there is indeed no best system. There is however, a clear cut definition of a bad one, and what we can do to fix it.

I promised to update on how to get the films mentioned in the last post online and I have indeed found a way! Hell and Back Again and Gasland can be bought from the US Itunes store (if you have an account). I’m hoping to be able to get it soon via this method.

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom is still new and I can’t get it through any means yet, I’ll keep you folks updated here.


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