Reality Film

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Titles in no particular order with the exception of the
first which is actually my favorite. For the sake of this short list I
took the collective works of Michael Moore off the table ( although I
really like them all)  –DK.

The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

This is far and away my number one , this film by Errol Morris is a
salty and honest walk behind the scenes of some of the most pivotal
points of modern American History as seen through the eyes of
Secretary of Defense 1961-1968 Robert McNamara. Blow by blow accounts
of how we did or did not exact war on nations along with the thoughts
behind the repercussions that were at times weighed and at times
ignored. Remarkable watching the elder McNamara reflect and
wrestle with these decisions now , as he lets Morris inside.

An Unreasonable Man
A great look into the life and legacy of Ralph Nader from his activist
triumphs around consumer rights to his multiple presidential runs. You
hear from detractors as well as supporters as well as from Nader
himself ….a snap shot of a man that people say was either the right
guy at the wrong time or the right guy the whole time. I admire his
unapologetic style very much and there is no gray area in Nader-ville
,this film can be a testament to that no matter what side you stand





Control Room
A account of the Arab news outlet Al Jazeera and the perception of
their role in covering the war in Iraq as well as insight on the day
to day  from the Network’s people. It outlines the task of journalists
inside the region attempting to report freely on the horror of war in
a time when the Bush administration was trying to control news to
reflect a more positive light. The disdain for the Network trickled
down from the white house to the front lines essentially making a
target out of the network. It’s an interesting look at a network
that’s been in and out of controversy with both the west and the
middle east from its inception.








War Photographer
Amazing film about  photojournalist James Nachtwey and the process
behind the task of capturing images of mankind at its lowest or most
fragile state with the aim to let the world know and also bearing
witness to all this while keeping sanity. Christian Frei follows
Nachtwey on assignments while he works. The film brings you in by tying
three vantage points. The 3’rd person that’s filming Nachtwey , a
small camera mounted on his camera body framing his subjects as well
his finger on the shutter button and finally the associated image that
he shot… not to mention Nachtwey’s narration and sounds of shutters
firing which is also fascinating. This is a very great but very heavy
film best summed up by Nachtwey’s quote : "Every minute I was there, I
wanted to flee .I did not want to see this. Would I cut and run, or
would I deal with the responsibility of being there with a camera"









The War
This is a Seven part documentary on the Second World War done for PBS
by Ken Burns. I loved this because it gives a true sense of sacrifice
and patriotism that the Men and Women of that era endured for America
and its frankly mind-boggling. The film is KB trademark style of
intercutting archival footage ,with pan scan imagery , interviews and
great narration. To illustrate how the war touched everyone it takes
the narrative and tells it from 4 small towns in America and tells
these stories out from those small town porches to

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