Here is a list of the top 15 documentaries and TV shows according to me:
Zeitgeist and Zeitgeist Addendum – This documentary is not for the faint-hearted. It delves into the origins of religion and gives an interesting view on how a few american banks (and thus a few very powerful people) have seized worldpower at the beginning of the 20th century. It also describes the problems with what was told to us about the events surrounding Sept. 11 and and provides evidence to show who the writers believe really was responsible for the attacks. Stunning!!!
BBC Planet Earth – This is indeed our planet as “never seen before”. Right from the outset you are witnessing the most amazing pictures modern technology has ever produced: Views from space, but close enough so we may see the glorious beauty of specific regions of our home planet. Birds of paradise of such beauty that can convince you this is the real paradise and you need not ask for anything more. Visually stunning!! Narrated by David Attenborough himself!!
Space Odyssey – Voyage to the Planets – This two-part science fiction docu-drama examines the possibilities of a dangerous, manned space mission to explore the inner and outer planets of the Solar system.
The Triumph of the Nerds – It’s all there: software, hardware, geeks, nerds, money, power, ambition, hunger, anxiety. Highly recommended viewing, without a doubt. In fact, as you use computers every day of your life, did you know how it came to being? Educate yourself with this documentary!
Enron – The smartest guys in the room – A documentary about the Enron corporation, its faulty and corrupt business practices, and how they led to its fall. A must watch for business world!!
Touching the Void – The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. Gripping from the start to the finish! One of the best survival docus seen by me.
Encounters at the end of the world – Filmmaker Werner Herzog travels to Antarctica to capture its landscape’s rarely seen beauty on film.
Man on wire – Considered as “The artistic crime of the century”, tightrope walker Philippe Petit performs an illegal but daring high wire routine between the two towers of the World Trade Center.
Grizzly Man – A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska
The Corporation – Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.
Wild China – Exploring the wild treasures of China, its flora and fauna and people. Very well made documentary indeed!
Wild Russia – Exploring the wild treasures of Russia, its flora and fauna and people. Stunning visual treat!
Heima – Sigur Ros, an Icelandic band, perform unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland. One of the most innovative bands I have heard.
Metallica – Some kind of Monster – A documentary crew followed Metallica for the better part of 2001-2003, a time of tension and release for the rock band, as they recorded their album St. Anger, fought bitterly, and sought the counsel of their on-call shrink.
- Metal – Headbanger’s journey – A journey through the roots of heavy metal music, its evolution and cult status. Metal as a lifestyle and not a passing trend, indeed!
- The Story of India – Now saving the best for the last, BBC’s The Story of India. A breathtaking journey through the history of India, the Maharajas, Mughals, Britishers, Aryans, Dravidians……PHEW! Historian Michael Wood visits places and interviews experts all over India to cover the great chapters of the subcontinent’s long and impressive history. This IS the Discovery of India and no other shows covers Indian history to the depths and details captured here. A MUST watch to all the Indians and also people from abroad to learn from India’s glorious past. Mera Bharat Mahaan!!
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