25 New Documentaries You Shouldn't Miss
American teacher (DVD) [videorecording] — Profiles of four teachers in different areas of the country reveal the frustrating realities of today's teachers and the reasons why so many of our best educators leave the profession altogether.
Jane's journey [videodisc] — An inspiring portrait of the private person behind the world famous icon, from her childhood home in England, to the Gombe National Park where she began her groundbreaking research.
Moguls & movie stars [videodisc]: a history of Hollywood — The history of motion pictures and the film industry in Hollywood. Features movie clips, rare footage, interviews, and insights from historians.
Phil Ochs [videodisc]: there but for fortune by First Run Features — The life and career of a signigicant singer-songwriter. Although he was never a household name, in the 1960s folk-protest movement, Phil Ochs was considered a worthy rival to Bob Dylan, largely due to the antiwar anthem I Ain't Marching Anymore.
Prohibition [videodisc] — Ken Burns goes beyond the usual tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers, and speakeasies to present the history of the rise, rule, and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Project Nim [videodisc] — The story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child.
Ready, set, bag! [videodisc] — The story of regular folks who find fulfillment in their work as grocery baggers. Follow their triumphs and challenges as eight state champions compete for the title of Best Bagger in America.
These amazing shadows [videodisc]: the movies that make America — Every year, 25 films are added to the National Film Registry to be preserved at the Library of Congress. This fascinating documentary is an exploration of their history and significance.
Turtle [videodisc]: the incredible journey — The story of one loggerhead turtle's journey from a young hatchling emerging from the nest in the sand, to a 25-year old adult returning to the same beach to hatch her own young.
Under the boardwalk [videodisc]: the Monopoly story — Following the colorful players who come together to compete for the title of Monopoly World Champion, this engaging film illustrates how the classic board game became a worldwide cultural phenomenon. Narrated by Zachary Levi.
Waste land [videodisc] — A 2010 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary, this film tells the story of the pickers (catadores) who inhabit Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest garbage dump, located on the outkskirts of Rio de Janeiro.
The wildest dream [videodisc]: conquest of Everest by National Geographic Entertainment — Mountain climber George Mallory was obsessed with becoming the first person to conquer Mount Everest. Last seen 800 feet below the summit in 1924, his disappearance and death stunned the world. Seventy years later, climber Conrad Anker found his frozen body.