Reviews and Blog Posts: Documentaries

Top Ten Documentaries for Black History Month

What are your top ten films for Black History Month? These documentaries, in alphabetical order, attempt to capture facets of the African American experience. Be sure to check out the lists featuring the Top Ten Biographical Films and the Top Ten Dramatic Films for Black History Month.

Life Imitates Art

Celebrate the fourth annual Denver Arts Week, November 5-13, by watching some of the many films about art and artists available from the library! Several documentaries have been made about the artistic process, famous artists and the commercial complications of art. Which one is your favorite?

The Cove

The Cove

I watched The Cove last week and am still thinking about it. I was aware of the premise of The Cove - the hunting of dolphins in Japan - but was not prepared for the intense emotional impact of seeing how this "hunt" was actually carried out.

Richard O'Barry, the man who started as as the trainer of TV's Flipper in the 1960s, had a change of heart after working with bottlenose dolphins for many years. He leads a special ops-like team to photograph and show the world the herding and slaughter of thousands of dolphins in the Japanese coastal town of Taiji. What we see in the film is remarkable, and indescribably sad. However, the senseless killing of these intelligent animals is only part of the tragic story, and will lead to horrible repercussions for many years to come.

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