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PenguinBoy
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Has anyone seen any doccumentaries they've been really impressed with?

I borowed "comizi d'amour" from the library which shows the interviews in a survey carried out by Pier Paolo Pasolini. For art-film fans it's a treat to see him in person acting as interviewer. It's this broad number of debates and conversations with italians of all age groups and is just saturated with strong opinions on sex and equality and family structure. It's unfortunately not outdated, though the willingness to be verbal about their prejudice is sometimes supprising.

I just thought it highlighted so much about the links between homophobia and sexism... from a comment when a man says despite being satisfied with a stroll with a girl he likes, he would disappointed if he didn't get sex out of her because he would appear gay.

And then there were amazing comments by really young children, one for which he comments that a little girl gave him hope when she could speak so strongly while surrounded by prejudice of friends and family.

Has anyone else seen it? Or seen anything similar?

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I havent ever seen it, but it sounds like a film I would like to see. Thanks for posting. [Smile]

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The Education of Shelby Knox
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Just added Comizi D'Amore to my netflix queue.

Queer documentaries I love:

Gay Sex in the '70s...makes me wish I was a gay man in the seventies. Lots of interviews with men about disco and the meat packing trucks, also HIV/AIDS. Tom Bianchi is in it and some of his and other people's beautiful photos from the period.

The Celluloid Closet...a movie that the first time I finished it, I rewound and watched it again. Lily Tomlin's narration makes me feel all cozy inside.

Paris is Burning. Really well done, also funny.

The Times of Harvey Milk. I think it's a perfect movie.

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just looked over my last post, and "funny" really isn't the right description for Paris is Burning at all...even though the characters are sometimes humorous, and elements of the film are definitely uplifting. Overall, it would better be described as revealing of class/racism/homophobia stuff...and it's another movie I can watch over and over.

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Heather
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I just saw one of the best documentaries EVER.

It's called "Young at Heart," and is about a choral group in Massachusetts made of elderly folks...who do nothing but rock songs.

It had both myself and my partner laughing and crying, and was just freaking fantastic.

(And I agree, the Harvey Milk documentary was just heaven. I'm interested to see the new Gis Van Sant film they've done about him, too.)

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I just got back from seeing Milk. It was really amazing. The audience in the theatre were all elderly people, and we were all crying throughout. I think this gay thing is getting sort of mainstream [Smile]

[Edit: Speaking of gay acceptance in the mainstream...Alison Bechdel links to a cool NYT article )

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Great films have been mentioned ... cheers to The Education of Shelby Knox, The Business of Being Born & The Times of Harvey Milk!

Here are some of my other favorite documentaries:

--When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Parts (Spike Lee's film about Hurricane Katrina is GORGEOUS, disturbing, and should be required viewing for every American)


--Why We Fight

--The U.S. vs. John Lennon

--The Corporation

--Who Killed the Electric Car?

--An Inconvenient Truth

--Sicko

--Shut Up & Sing (about the backlash against the Dixie Chicks for speaking out against George W. Bush

--Born into Brothels

--Spellbound (great movie about the National Spelling Bee)

--Food, Inc.

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"Transsexual in Iran" was on here a few weeks ago, and was absolutely fantastic. Very difficult to watch, but amazingly well-done.

Having sex reassignment surgery in Iran is completely legal and partially government funded, but homosexuality is a crime punishable by death. The documentary follows a few young people transitioning from male to female; it's incredibly sad for a lot of reasons, but well worth a watch.

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I just posted about it on another thread but a great doco on child pornography and paedophilia and everything surrounding it it 'Capturing the Freidmans'

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Oh, that film is SO heartbreaking.

Totally worth seeing, but have kleenex. And maybe a venue in which to do some primal screaming.

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