Best Documentary Movies of 2008


Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

8.5/10 IMDB

In 2001, Andrew Bagby, a medical resident, is murdered not long after breaking up with his girlfriend. Soon after, when she announces she's pregnant, one of Andrew's many close friends, Kurt Kuenne, begins this film, a gift to the child.

Starring: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby, Shirley Turner, Zachary Andrew Turner, Heather Arnold, Jon Atkinson, Bob Bagby, Earlene Bagby ..
Directed by: Kurt Kuenne
Release date: 2008-10-31

Zeitgeist: Addendum

8.3/10 IMDB

Zeitgeist: Addendum premiered at the 5th Annual Artivist Film Festival. Director Peter Joseph stated: "The failure of our world to resolve the issues of war, poverty, and corruption, rests within a gross ignorance about what guides human behavior to begin with. It address the true source of the instability in our society, while offering the only fundamental, long-term solution."

Directed by: Peter Joseph
Release date: 2008-10-02

Food, Inc.

7.8/10 IMDB

Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to the chain restaurants and supermarkets where it's sold. Narrated by author and activist Eric Schlosser, the film features interviews with average Americans about their dietary habits, commentary from food experts like Michael Pollan and unsettling footage shot inside large-scale animal processing plants.

Starring: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards, Carole Morison ..
Directed by: Robert Kenner
Release date: 2008-09-07

It Might Get Loud

7.6/10 IMDB

A documentary on the electric guitar from the point of view of three significant rock musicians: the Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White.

Starring: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, Link Wray ..
Directed by: Davis Guggenheim
Release date: 2008-09-05

Shine a Light

7.2/10 IMDB

Martin Scorsese and the Rolling Stones unite in "Shine A Light," a look at The Rolling Stones." Scorsese filmed the Stones over a two-day period at the intimate Beacon Theater in New York City in fall 2006. Cinematographers capture the raw energy of the legendary band.

Starring: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood, Christina Aguilera, Jack White, Buddy Guy, Dorothy Howell Rodham, Blondie Chaplin, Tim Ries ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 2008-04-04
Best Documentary Movies of 2008 : Life in Cold Blood

Life in Cold Blood

9.0/10 IMDB

David Attenborough hosts this compelling documentary series that explores the world of reptiles and amphibians, using amazing new technology that gives viewers a real inside look at these creatures' lives. A co-production between BBC and Animal Planet, the show follows a variety of cold-blooded creatures all over the world, examining the individual behavior and complex societies of these fascinating animals.

Release date: 2008-02-04


7.5/10 IMDB

Director James Toback takes an unflinching, uncompromising look at the life of Mike Tyson--almost solely from the perspective of the man himself. TYSON alternates between the controversial boxer addressing the camera and shots of the champion's fights to create an arresting picture of the man.

Starring: Mike Tyson, Cus D'Amato, Don King, Robin Givens, Mills Lane, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Trevor Berbick, James "Buster" Douglas, Frank Bruno ..
Directed by: James Toback
Release date: 2008-05-16
Best Documentary Movies of 2008 : Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders

8.0/10 IMDB

In the war-zones of Liberia and Congo, four volunteers with Doctors Without Borders struggle to provide emergency medical care under extreme conditions. With different levels of experience, each volunteer must find their own way to face the challenges, the tough choices, and the limits of their idealism. "Living in Emergency" is a window into the seldom portrayed and less-than glamorous side of humanitarian aid work. It explores a world that is challenging, complex, and fraught with dilemmas - the struggles, both internal and external, that aid workers face when working in war zones and other difficult contexts.

Starring: Davinder Gill, Chris Brasher, Tom Krueger, Chiara Lepora ..
Directed by: Mark N. Hopkins
Release date: 2008-08-29
Best Documentary Movies of 2008 : National Geographic: Journey to the Edge of the Universe

National Geographic: Journey to the Edge of the Universe

8.5/10 IMDB

In one single, epic camera move we journey from Earth's surface to the outermost reaches of the universe on a grand tour of the cosmos, to explore newborn stars, distant planets, black holes and beyond.

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Sean Pertwee ..
Directed by: Yavar Abbas
Release date: 2008-12-06

102 Minutes That Changed America

8.3/10 IMDB

The morning of September 11, 2001 is shown through multiple video cameras in and around New York City, from the moment the first WTC tower is hit until after both towers collapse.

Directed by: Seth Skundrick, Nicole Rittenmeyer
Release date: 2008-01-01

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