Best Documentary Movies of 2011

1.

Samsara

5.9
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
8.1/10 IMDB

A 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.

Life in a Day

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

A documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.

Starring: Cindy Baer, Moica, Caryn Waechter, Drake Shannon ..
Directed by: Kevin Macdonald, Zillah Bowes
Release date: 2011-01-27
5.

Forks Over Knives

5.4
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
6.

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
7.

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
8.

Queen: Days of Our Lives

5.1
8.5/10 IMDB

In 1971, four college students got together to form a rock band. Since then, that certain band called Queen have released 26 albums and sold over 300 million records worldwide. The popularity of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon is stronger than ever 40 years on. But it was no bed of roses. No pleasure cruise. Queen had their share of kicks in the face, but they came through and this is how they did it, set against the backdrop of brilliant music and stunning live performances from every corner of the globe. In this film, for the first time, it is the band that tells their story. Featuring brand new interviews with the band and unseen archive footage (including their recently unearthed, first ever TV performance), it is a compelling story told with intelligence, wit, plenty of humor and painful honesty.

Starring: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor, Roy Thomas Baker, Jim Beach, Paul Gambaccini, Peter Hince, Rosie Horide, Harvey Kubernik ..
Directed by: Matt O'Casey
Release date: 2011-05-29
9.

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
10.

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

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