power of nightmares (part 3) - the shadows in the cave (watch full documentary via youtube)
power of nightmares (part 2) - the phantom victory (watch full documentary via youtube)
power of nightmares (part 1) - baby it’s cold outside (watch full documentary via youtube)
human all too human (iii): jean-paul sartre
The final episode in this series, The Road to Freedom, describes the life of the French philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre. This is when the term existentialism begins to enter the realm of philosophy. The documentary shows that Sartre believes it is up to each individual human being to give his or her own life a meaning and a purpose.
watch (via youtube)
human all too human (ii) : martin heidegger
Thinking the Unthinkable is the next episode that centers around Martin Heidegger, who developed ideas from the writings and ideas of Nietzsche in an attempt to better understand individual human freedom. Before and after the reign of the Nazis in Germany, Heidegger spent much of his time living in solitude in the hill of Todtnauberg to allow himself to clear his mind and better focus on his own philosophy. Due to the fact that he joined the Nazis during World War II, his works were dismissed by his critics as Nazi propaganda.
watch (via youtube)
What I post on ponury is really just a narrow image of what’s available to see online, because I sort of have… specific interests, but I’m not sorry about that.
If you’d like to venture on your own foray into watching different sorts of documentaries, these sites are generally well-kept and have many different categories:
- Documentary Heaven
- Top Documentary Films
- Documentary Wire
- Documentary Storm
- 1channel: Documentaries
- Motionempire: Documentaries
- Free Documentaries
- Open Documentaries
- Documentary 24
- Documentary Log
- Documentary Tube
- Youtube: Documentaries
- Indie Movies Online: Documentaries
- Documentary Guide
- I Wanna Watch: Documentaries
To the best of my knowledge, these sites are generally safe, often don’t require you to download/register anything (unless you use one of their outside sources to watch something, but that’s up to your discretion).
I take no responsibility for the hours you may spend on the internet watching stuff.
another glorious list, this time, it’s for documentaries. thank you very much, ponury.
ps: hey kayla, you’d love this.
waiting for superman (2010)
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes,” methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.
the inconvenient truth behind waiting for superman (2011)
A group of New York City public school teachers and parents wrote and produced this documentary in response to Davis Guggenheim’s highly misleading film, ‘Waiting for Superman.’ ‘The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman’ provides a critique of an increasingly free-market driven education system, the undermining of teacher unions and overall faith in the idea that charter schools are just what the country needs. The film highlights the real life experiences of public school parents and educators and takes a holistic look at education reform.
louder than a bomb (2010)
By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, Louder Than a Bomb follows the fortunes of four Chicago-area high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world’s largest youth slam.
sometimes, i really don’t get imdb’s ranking, 6.4? seriously? eh. anyway, beautiful documentary, talented participants and i assure you, you’re going to youtube them after this because they’re all ace.
warning: there will be some loud gasps, tearing, laughing and uncontrolled clapping.
thank you very much hayat.
The Landfill Harmonic: An Orchestra Built From Trash
There’s an amazing video floating around YouTube that has brought a ray of sunshine to a very dark week for all of us. It’s the trailer for an upcoming documentary called Landfill Harmonic, which focuses on one remarkable group in Paraguay: an orchestra that plays instruments created out of literal trash, made lovingly for them by their community.
The young musicians all come from Cateura, a slum that’s built upon a landfill; the 2500 families who live there survive by separating garbage for recycling. A 2010 UNICEF report about this slum notes that more than 1500 tons of solid waste arrives each day. Illiteracy is rampant there, and Cateura’s youngest inhabitants are often the ones responsible for collecting and reselling the garbage. The water supply is very dangerously polluted; on rainy days, the town floods with contaminated water. “A violin is worth more than a house here,” says Favio Chavez, the orchestra’s director and founder.
In the midst of such an existence, these musicians have created something both special and truly awe-inspiring. “My life would be worthless without music.” says one girl in pigtails. A young man named Juan Manuel Chavez, nicknamed Bebi, has a cello fashioned out of an oil can and old cooking tools. For the camera, he plays the Prelude to Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 — beautifully.
“People realize that we shouldn’t throw away trash carelessly,” says Chavez at the end of the trailer. “Well, we shouldn’t throw away people either.”
p r e s e n t i n g
「 BooksActually: The Documentary 」
indie game: the movie (2012)
A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.
wonderful documentary about the pressure that comes along with releasing indie games. excuse me while i go show my support to these independent artists and developers.