Best Documentary Movies of 2011

1.

Samsara

6.0
8.5/10 IMDB

Samsara is a word that describes the ever turning wheel of life. It is a concept both intimate and vast - the perfect subject for filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, whose previous collaborations include Chronos and Baraka, and who, in the last 20 years, have travelled to over 58 countries together in the pursuit of unique imagery. Samsara takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation that will transform viewers in countries around the world as they are swept along a journey of the soul. Through powerful images pristinely photographed in 70mm and a dynamic music score, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of the nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.

Starring: Marcos Luna, Putu Dinda Pratika, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi ..
Directed by: Ron Fricke
Release date: 2011-09-16
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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

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, by director Peter Joseph, is a feature length documentary work which will present 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

5.5
7.7/10 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.

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
6.

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
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7.

Forks Over Knives

4.8
7.8/10 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
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8.

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 ..
Directed by: Morgan Spurlock
Release date: 2011-04-22
9.

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
10.

Jackass 3.5

4.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Jackass 3.5 is a 2011 sequel to Jackass 3D, composed of unused footage shot during the filming of Jackass 3D and interviews from cast and crew

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Ryan Dunn, Dave England, Preston Lacy, Bam Margera, Ehren McGhehey, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Jason Acuña, Andy Bell ..
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Release date: 2011-08-03

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