Documentaries are amazing. They provide a closer look towards the aspects of life we, well, overlook. But then, there are some documentaries which generally go overlooked by people. Crizic brings you those five greatest lesser known documentaries:
5. Into Eternity:
Captivating, wondrous and extremely frightening, this feature documentary on nuclear waste directed by Michael Madsen takes viewers on a journey never seen before into the underworld and into the future.
4. Gates of Heaven:
Proof that you can make a documentary just about anything. As morbid as the subject of pet cemeteries is, somehow Morris weaves these interviews into an honest and fascinating study of those who take care of pets and what pets mean to people. Morris convinced even those who are not ‘pet-people’ based on the interviews and their conviction and commitment to what they believe. He convinced Werner Herzog as well, who claimed he would eat his shoe if Morris ever made a film. And he did. The film is entitled ‘Werner Herzog eats his Shoe’. Way to stand in the face of adversity, Morris!
3. Touching the Void:
Climbing a mountain can always be relied upon to stand in as a readymade meditation on the joys and perils of self-discovery. Touching the Void may be the first film to dispel the myths of this metaphor. Directed by gifted director Kevin MacDonald, the film reconstructs in great detail the disastrous 1985 attempt made by British climbers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates to scale the Siula Grande Mountain in the Peruvian Andes. What started out as “a good day out” turned bad when Simpson slipped on their dissent and his lower leg drove into his kneecap, leaving him nearly crippled. The injury forced Yates to make a rather gut-wrenching decision: attempt to rescue his climbing partner and risk losing both their lives in the process, or cut the rope and attempt to make it down the mountain on his own. Whoa. Though Touching the Void is a very physical film, it is at its core an existential examination of life at its most stark.
2. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead:
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead has to be one of the most inspiring documentary’s ever made for health and weight loss. It sends out the message that no matter how overweight or unhealthy you are, it is never too late to make a change and start saving your life.
1. The Thin Blue Line:
Yeah, it isn’t a lesser known entry, we know that. It won an many, many awards. But this documentary is here only because it is forgotten. The hardcore documentary watchers know about this documentary that involves the story of Randall Dale Adams, a man convicted and sentenced to life in prison for a murder he did not commit. But still, we keep the movie many have only heard of, not watched, on number one.