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Let's Get Real: Documentary Films

June 1, 2021 at 6:35 PM by

This year our Adult Summer Reading Program is all about trying different activities and taking in information in new ways. Documentaries are a great way to learn about something new, change your perspective or invoke all sorts of emotions.

Dear ZacharyThe Biggest Little Farm (2018) - IMDbKiss The Ground

Dear Zachary - The twist in this film will leave you in pieces, there’s no other way to put it. This documentary will haunt you. 

The Biggest Little Farm - Heartwarming tale about a couple that puts their all into a plot of land, great for anyone that has dreamt of leaving a big city and owning a farm. 

Kiss the Ground - How do you make a documentary about the importance of soil health appealing to watch? This film does just that and makes the information easy to digest with songs and fun tidbits. 

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? - Kindness and compassion is something we can all use more of, Mr. Rogers is a great reminder of the good in the world. 

20 Feet from Stardom - A behind the scenes look at some of the biggest back up singers in the business, a must-see for music lovers.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi - A beautiful ode to a master of his craft, this documentary blends food creation and a complex family story. Don’t watch on an empty stomach!

Food, Inc.Minding The GapExit Through The Gift Shop

Food, Inc. - This documentary is disturbing, but so important. Take a harrowing look into our food industry in the United States and see how our food goes from seed or animal to our tables. Warning: Some of the animal processing plant footage is very graphic.

More than Honey - An eye-opening look at the plight of endangered honeybees around the globe and the potential effects of their extinction.

Minding the Gap - Shot over the course of several years, Bing Liu weaves a story of skateboarding, friendship, and fathers and sons into a coming-of-age journey.

Faces places = Visages villages - Join Agnès Varda and JR as they travel through the rural French countryside, creating art and examining their creative processes. 

Exit Through the Gift Shop - Thierry Guetta, a shop owner obsessed with filming his life turns the camera on the underground world of street artists such as Space Invader, Zevs and Banksy. As his obsession deepens, he adopts the moniker Mr. Brainwash and makes his way into the art world. This leaves you wondering if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and when it becomes stealing. 

Jean-Michel Basasquiat: The Radiant Child - Follows the rise and fall of the young artist, from his “SAMO” days through the end of his short life.  


Amy Klein 
Research & Technology Guide
Southwest Library