Dive into 10 life changing documentaries

Dive into 10 life changing documentaries
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Documentariesare continuously evolving and new genres are being created every day. Documentaries can provide respite and can be a very good educational way of weaning oneself away from the harmful influence of main stream commercial television and movies. 

A documentary film is a non-fictional film/motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record.Such films were originally shot as motion pictures;now include video and digital productions.

Documentariesare continuously evolving and new genres are being created every day. Documentaries can provide respite and can be a very good educational way of weaning oneself away from the harmful influence of main stream commercial television and movies.

Fire in Babylon: is a 2010 British documentary film about the record-breaking West Indian cricket team of the 1970s and 1980s. It describes the West Indian cricket team’s climb from being a team largely composed of highly talented "Calypso Cricketers" who would entertain but lose to a determined unit that dominated world cricket for nearly twenty years.

The concept of a West Indian cricket team in itself is a paradox. There is no place called the West Indies. West Indies only exist in the mind. West Indies is the coming together of culturally and politically different Caribbeannations who play under the common banner of the West Indies.

When you have 10 young men from various Caribbean islands, you don't have a team; you have a gang. What the gang needed was a motivating personality, who could steer the youngsters in the right direction, and unite them for a common cause on the cricket field.

That man was Clive Lloyd. Clive Lloyd was the fulcrum under which the West Indies blossomed into a world feared crack unit. The West Indians regularly pummeled the opposition into submission and that led to a new English phrase “the black wash” being coined.

Super-Size Me: is a 2004 American documentary film. It stars Morgan Spurlock. Spurlock's film follows a 30 day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003, during which he ate only McDonald's food. The film documents the drastic effect of MacDonald’s food on Spurlock's physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry's corporate influence, including how it encourages its customers to eat a high fat, high calorie diet.

Supersize indicates a sizable increase of the amount or of something.The phrase was particularly used by Fast Food joints to upsize their orders to an extra-large size.

Living on one dollar:The documentary film follows the experience of four young friends as they live on less than $1 (around Rs 65/-) a day for two months in rural Guatemala. They battle hunger, parasites and the realization is that there are no easy answers.

Yet, the generosity of a 20year old woman along with her husband and the help of a 12 year old boy gives them hope that there are effective ways to make a difference.

Nobel LaureateMuhammad Yunus calledLiving on one Dollar, "A must watch film that provides a unique look into the hardship and hope of life in extreme poverty."

Beyond the Mat: is a 1999 documentary which focuses on the lives of famous professional wrestlers outside the ring. It focuses on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) now called World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW).

Many of us who watch WWE with interest and amusement always wonder - is pro wrestling a sport, an elaborate hoax, or a heady mixture of both? It is that question,Beyond the Mat seeks to answer.

Their matches may be scripted but certainly these performers sweat, toil and bleed. We see it happen. The pain is apparent. They take tremendous risk too. Many get injured and some even fatally.

Enron: The smartest guys in the room: is a 2005 American documentary film. It is a study of one of the largest business scandals in American history.

The film examines the 2001 collapse of the Enron,once a very admired and feared mega Corporation. Interestingly Enron once had MSEB (Maharashtra State Electricity Board) in a pincher grip over the Dabhol power deal. The collapse of Enron resulted in criminal trials for several of the company's top executives. The documentary also details the involvement of the Enron traders in the California electricity crisis.

The insider Job: the 2010 documentary filmis about the 2008 financial crisis. It is a film about the corruption of the United States by the financial services industry and the consequences of that systemic corruption. Told in five parts, the film explores how changes in the policy environment and banking practices precipitated the financial crisis.

The insider Jobis a lesson as how subprime lending meaning giving loans to people who may have difficulty in maintaining the repayment schedule due to problems such as unemployment, divorce, medical emergencies had led to a crisis with global ramifications.

The queen of Versailles: is a 2012 American documentary film. The film depicts Jackie Siegeland and David Siegel, owners of Westgate Resorts, and their family as they build their private residence Versailles, one of the largest and most expensive single family house in the United States and the crisis they face as the U.S. economy declines.

Siegel's company is badly affected by the 2008 recession and his family struggles to cope with their reduced income. Construction on the new house is halted; most of their servants are laid off. The queen of Versailles is poignant story of riches to rags, told graphically and in riveting detail.

Supermen of Malegaon: is a 2012 Hindi documentary film. Supermen of Malegaon revolve around the residents of Malegaon, a city in Maharashtra, India,who are passionate about film making.

Residents of Malegaon make spoofs on Bollywood movies which give the main stream Hindi movies, a run for their money. This documentary is a journey through that movie making process. This entertaining andheart touching documentaryillustrates what a determined mind with a focus can achieve. The Supermen ofMalegaon movie is made at anjaw dropping budget of Rs 1,00,000/-.

Jiro - Dreams of Sushi: is a 2011 American documentary film. The film follows Jiro Ono an 85 year old sushi master and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro athree star restaurant, on his continuing quest to perfect the art of sushi, a raw fish delicacy hugely popular in Japan.

Sukiyabashi Jiro is a 10 seat, sushi only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. Jiro Ono serves a tasting menu of roughly 20 dishes, for a total of 30,000 Japanese yen (just under $240).Watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi to know what it takes to become the very best.

Secrets of Body Language: is a 2008 American documentary about Body language which is a form of non-verbal communication thatconsists of body posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye movements. The documentary looks into the science of non-verbal signals.

This highly entertaining film reveals the silent hidden language in which some say 93% of human communication takes place. From President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to Barack Obama, we can see how both politicians and celebrities use the subtle movements of body language to persuade masses to establish power, and advance their careers.

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