Best Documentary Movies of 2011

1.

Samsara

6.0
8.5/10 IMDB

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Starring: Marcos Luna, Putu Dinda Pratika, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika, Marcos Luna, Hiroshi Ishiguro ..
Directed by: Ron Fricke
Release date: 2011-09-16
2.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

5.7
7.9/10 IMDB

Revered sushi chef Jiro Ono strives for perfection in his work, while his eldest son, Yoshikazu, has trouble living up to his father's legacy.

Starring: Jiro Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Yoshikazu Ono, Daisuke Nakazama, Hachiro Mizutani, Harutaki Takahashi, Hiroki Fujita, Tsunenori Ida ..
Directed by: David Gelb
Release date: 2011-06-11
3.

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

5.5
8.2/10 IMDB

Al presentation of a case for a needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject matter will transcend the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and move to relate the core, empirical 'life ground' attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a 'Resource-Based Economy'.

Starring: Robert Sapolsky, Gábor Máté, Richard G. Wilkinson, James Gilligan, John McMurtry, Michael Ruppert, Max Keiser, Jacque Fresco, Adrian Bowyer, Behrokh Khoshnevis ..
Directed by: Peter Joseph
Release date: 2011-01-15
4.

Frozen Planet

5.4
9.0/10 IMDB

Frozen Planet takes you on the ultimate polar expedition. This landmark 7-part series brings to the screen the two most remote and least hospitable areas on the planet: the frozen wildernesses of the Arctic and Antarctic. And yet, despite environments where temperatures reach minus 70 degrees Celsius and the sun doesn't shine for half the year, life flourishes. Prime attention is given to seals, penguins, and polar bears, but there's a great deal more: from slugs, snails, and caterpillars to minke whales, beluga whales, and narwhals, from seabirds and cod gathering by the millions to wolves tracking bison and caribou. There are breathtaking shots of the landscape as well, and portraits of the human element.

Release date: 2011-10-26
5.

Into the Abyss

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (who was scheduled to die eight days after his interview with Herzog), legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog achieves what he describes as "a gaze into the abyss of the human soul." As he's so often done before, Herzog's investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.

Starring: Jason Burkett, Werner Herzog, Michael Perry, Jeremy Richardson, Kristen Willis ..
Directed by: Werner Herzog
Release date: 2011-11-11
6.

The Art of Flight

5.0
8.2/10 IMDB

Iconic snowboarder Travis Rice and friends redefine what is possible in the mountains. Experience the highs, as new tricks are landed and new zones opened, alongside the lows, where avalanches, accidents, and wrong-turns strike.

Starring: Travis Rice, Nicolas Muller, Mark Landvik, Jake Blauvelt, Pat Moore, David Carrier-Porcheron, Scotty Lago, Eero Niemela, John Jackson, Jeremy Jones ..
Directed by: Curt Morgan
Release date: 2011-09-08
7.

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.

Starring: Morgan Spurlock, Peter Berg, Paul Brennan, Ralph Nader, Brett Ratner, J.J. Abrams, Donald Trump, Quentin Tarantino ..
Directed by: Morgan Spurlock
Release date: 2011-04-22
8.

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

4.8
7.6/10 IMDB

Beloved by children of all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Few people know his creator, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young age, Kevin ultimately found a home on Sesame Street. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary includes rare archival footage, interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.

Starring: Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Barretta, Frank Oz, Fran Brill, Joan Ganz Cooney, Arsenio Hall, Jim Henson, Hugh Jackman, Kermit Love ..
Directed by: Constance Marks
Release date: 2011-10-21
Best Documentary Movies of 2011 : Forks Over Knives
9.

Forks Over Knives

4.8
7.7/10 IMDB

Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

Starring: Lee Fulkerson, Matthew Lederman, Alona Pulde, T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., Joey Aucoin, Connie Diekman, Pam Popper, Doug Lisle, Terry Mason ..
Directed by: Lee Fulkerson
Release date: 2011-05-06
10.

African Cats

4.7
7.6/10 IMDB

African Cats captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. The story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a once banished lion.

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson ..
Directed by: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey
Release date: 2011-04-22

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