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so @gaymilesedgeworth did a list of her favorite documentaries, so I thought I’d do the same for just a few of mine/some recent things I watched and enjoyed, for anyone who likes documentaries!

  • Louis Theroux’s Entire Filmography- I stumbled on Louis’s documentaries by pure accident, but I quickly watched every documentary I could get my hands on. Louis explores everything from demolition derbies, to the Westboro Baptist Church, and the alcoholism epidemic in Britain. His early Weird Weekends are fun, but his more recent things manage to keep his original tone while approaching hard-hitting subjects. Personal favorites of mine include: The Most Hated Family In America, Louis and the Naizs, and Savile. (On YouTube and various other places if you’re willing to do some searching!)
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father- In 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby was murdered by his ex-girlfriend, Shirley Turner. One of Andrew’s best friends, filmmaker Kurt Kuenne, sets out to make a film in Andrew’s memory, gathering testimonials from places like England all the way to California, but his and Andrew’s family’s world is turned upside down when it’s revealed Turner is pregnant with Andrew’s child. Dear Zachary is a journey, that will never leave you quite the same. (On Youtube!)
  • Senna- Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian Formula 1 driver, who died tragically on May 1st, 1994. Ayrton was, and is, considered to be the greatest driver ever to grace the sport. This documentary follows his racing career, starting with the small-time team Toleman, to McLaren, and eventually Williams, as well as looking into his intense rivalry with Alain Prost. It gives us an insight into Ayrton beyond the legend, showing us a man who loved his family, who loved to race, and lived to be better than any standard he set for himself. (Not on Youtube!)
  • Dying To Be Apart- This follows the story of Ladan and Lahleh Bijani, a set of twins conjoined at the head. The documentary follows Ladan and Lahleh as they prepare for an unprecedented and risky surgery in an effort to separate themselves. Ladan and Lahleh are a joy to watch, their humor is wry and sharp, and you feel their struggle as you realize how being conjoined for two decades has impacted the both of them. (On Youtube on the “Real Stories” channel! Real Stories also just puts out very good documentaries, I recommend them.)
  • The Real Tom Thumb: History’s Smallest Superstar- Gimmicky title aside, The Real Tom Thumb is an interesting look into the life of Charles Sherwood Stratton, AKA General Tom Thumb, the first world-wide superstar of the 19th century, standing at just 31 inches tall. The documentary entails Stratton’s life, his relationship with the showman PT Barnum, and how he was more than just a one-trick pony for people’s amusement. (Real Stories Channel again!)