Category: Society Documentaries

Love Me

Love Me takes us into the world of, essentially, the online version of mail order brides. A cross section of American (and one Aussie) men are featured – each considering the online-overseas method to find a wife – and happiness.

From the get go I figured this documentary would be nothing other than showing American men being scammed out of thousands of dollars and end up empty handed. Turns out I was only partially correct on that. There were some success stories – and some that screamed ‘scam’.
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The Starfish Throwers

The Starfish Throwers will likely do two things to you: 1) inspire you to do more to make a difference in the world, and 2) make you reevaluate your priorities in life.
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Cocaine Cowboys

Cocaine Cowboys is an older documentary, but one that shouldn’t be overlooked. It takes you through the transition from what was once “Innocent Miami” to one where it became a huge drug import destination.

Where once marijuana was the import of choice, it was then replaced by cocaine courtesy of Columbian connections.
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The Manor

The Manor is a documentary that takes place in Guelph, Ontario — namely, at a strip club/hotel in Guelph. The club/hotel is owned by a fairly unique family — an overweight father, and anorexic mother, and two sons — one who enjoys the strip club scene; the other who does not.
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Rent a Family Inc.

Rent a Family Inc I truly enjoyed. Follow a Japanese man who has a side business where he rents himself (and others he hires) to stand in for real people. Need a father or a best man or a boss? He’ll be it. He gets his clients via his self-created website (good SEO!), but his family has no idea about the business.
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Just the Right Amount of Violence

Just the Right Amount of Violence‘ documents the occurrence of kids who are sent away by their parents to a facility/program that can (hopefully) straighten them up. It shows scenes of the ‘program’ waking up kids early in the morning (with their parents consent, of course) and taking them away – against their will – to a facility in Utah in hopes of reform.
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12 O’Clock Boys

12 O’Clock Boys follows a young lad in inner-city Baltimore (cue the environment from “The Wire”) over a few years, as he yearns to become one of the 12 O’Clock Boys — i.e. part of a group of lawless dirt-bikers who parade down city streets doing wheelies and such – much to the annoyance of city police and residents.
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Hill of Pleasures

Hill of Pleasures, a documentary about policing a Rio de Janeiro slum, sounds really interesting from the write up. And then, all settled in the theatre, and you get:

  • a minute of watching a woman get her hair buzzed
  • 2 minutes of ‘grandma’ walking down the path, clutching the building walls as she goes (“watch out for that parked motorcycle!”)
  • cops caught on film intervening for things like… searches that turn up no drugs or weapons — and noise complaints.

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Valentine Road

Valentine Road, shown a Hot Docs yesterday, contains so many levels. It’s definitely emotional and complex. Take a young gay/transgender student, Larry, who starts dressing more feminine in class as he begins to feel more comfortable with who he is. Then, in a game of ‘Valentine’ he asks a white male student (Brandon) to be his valentine – in front of his friends. Larry also happens to be biracial – a point that we later find out may be part of the motive.
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We Cause Scenes

We Cause Scenes documents the rise of Improv Everywhere in New York City. Basically, it’s a story about how a guy who moved to NYC with basically nothing, is out at a bar one night and they play up his resemblance to Ben Folds… People buy it… and it goes from there — creating ‘scenes’ across the city, starting with friends and eventually a bunch of people who simply want to join in.
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