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Documentary Review | Ben Franklin

This documentary about one of our most prominent founding fathers is an in-depth look at the life of this inventor/politician. The documentary talks about Ben Franklin throughout different times of his life. He starts out as a poor yet ambitious young man who quickly makes a name for himself as a businessman in Philadelphia. The …

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Documentary Review | War Photographer

War photographer (PN 1995.96 .P43 W47 2003) is a motivating documentary that captures the essence of James Nachtwey, a photographer, who travels to war hot spots looking for a picture that is worthy of publishing. This documentary takes the audience into the world of photography and tries to portray how photographers have to step out …

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Documentary Review | Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens is a film centered around the decaying house and lives of Jackie Kennedy’s cousin and aunt, Edie and Edith Beale. Once a beautiful mansion, now condemned and decaying quickly, the subjects of this strange film hold onto their home and with it, their very sanity, refusing to leave literally and metaphorically. Yet as “Little” …

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Documentary Review | Africa’s Great Civilizations

This documentary tells the story of some of Africa’s great civilizations, and if you’re like me, a lot of this will be new information. Among the great civilizations shown was Egypt. The film shows some amazing architecture, among which are a lot of pyramids. The pyramids they made are honestly just incredible. I didn’t realize …

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Documentary Review | The Arbor

In 1990, talented playwright Andrea Dunbar died suddenly at age 29. Dunbar was famous for her play The Arbor, which was written before she turned 18. This documentary describes her distressing upbringing in the slums, and how her tragic death affected her three children. Andrea’s story leads to a path of self-discovery for her children, …

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Documentary Review | Grit: The True Story of Steve Young

This documentary is about the life of a hall of fame quarterback, Steve Young. The documentary highlights the role the Steve Young’s father, Grit Young, in the life of his son. Steve Young did not have an easy path to the top, and even wanted to give up a few times; however, largely due to …

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Documentary Review | Disconnected: Politics, the Press and the Public

This film is an in-depth panel discussion on the impact that news media is having on politics, and the growing fear that competitive news outlets are creating an atmosphere driven by profit rather than credibility. The panel consists of news anchors, activists, and politicians, all adding their unique perspectives on the role the media should …

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Documentary Review | The Journey to Palomar

The Journey to Palomar is an epic story of one named George Ellery Hale. As his unquenchable thirst for building telescopes and observatories was never satisfied, he continued to work hard on innovation and astronomy. Unfortunately, this caused such a mental strain on him that he developed many health issues. But as his health issues …

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Documentary Review | Let’s Get Real

Let’s Get Real (PN 1995.96 .D65 L48 2004) highlights the urgent need to stand up to bullying, empowering youth to be the difference that the world needs. Let’s Get Real has a different take in this issue, in that it consists entirely of the kids themselves sharing how things really are. It is unscripted and …

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Documentary Review | House of Cards

This film takes a deep dive into the workings of the US monetary system to discover the origins of the 2008 financial crisis. It includes interviews with workers on Wall Street, families, and investors, to get to the bottom of the issue. It covers the crisis from beginning to end, leaving the viewer with implications …

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