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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2017 Recap - The Documentaries


Documentaries are great because, when done right, they are both entertaining and educational. Just like any genre, some are obviously better than others but only one can earn the title of 2017 TwoOhSix Favorite Documentary. Let's take a look and see how this year shook out.



Blue: An eye opening and extremely important look at how we have impacted our oceans and what we can do to make a difference. At just over an hour, this beautifully filmed documentary wastes no time getting its message across.

Break the Chain: This hour long documentary hits the nail on the head when it comes exposing how widespread human trafficking really is. We see it in the movies, we see it in the headlines, and we see it seemingly from far away, but in reality, it is right around the corner, just down the street, and affecting people we know every single day.

Crazywise: The message of how mental illness is commonly perceived and categorized is very important for everyone to take in and consider and it was nice to see the subject handled so thoughtfully.

Fermented: A fantastic exploration of one of the more overlooked, yet widely used, processes within the culinary world. My only complaint is that the documentary is just over an hour in length.


I am Not Your Negro: This was a great way to get to know the man who may not have been as well known as Malcolm, Medgar, or Martin, but had just as much impact on their generation's history and culture.

The Last Animals: An important piece of activist cinema and a seriously strong documentary debut for Kate Brooks. The message is clear. Elephants and rhinos are disappearing way too fast thanks to illegal activity and something must be done to stop it.

Lives with Flavor / Vidas con Sabor: A beautiful, entertaining, and informative exploration of Mexico's food culture, and the importance of preserving its traditions, as seen through the eyes of one of its greatest chefs.

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste: I really like how hopeful this documentary is as the directors focus on what can be done over beating us over the head with how terrible we have been up to this point.

Zan: An important documentary that sheds some light on a very serious tragedy taking place regarding a type of animal that is nearly extinct.



The Farthest: This is the closest you will ever get to being a part of the team that sent two tiny ships on a voyage of discovery that has literally changed how we view our place among the stars. Emer Reynolds does a fantastic job of capturing the sense of wonder and adventure that came with pulling off this historic achievement.


Check out my other 2017 recap posts.






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