Tiger: Spy in the Jungle
This documentary follows a family of tigers over a period of two years. It is filmed with these camouflaged cameras that are held or placed by elephants! Its inspiring, and at times nerve wracking, but it has a happy ending! (A very rare thing when it comes to endangered species.)
I really enjoyed this film, partly because I’m a huge sap for all felines, and partly because I felt that it was a very well made documentary. (But really, just look at those cute little faces! -Squee!-)
Victorian Farm Christmas
Alright first off, I LOVE THIS SERIES OF DOCUMENTARIES! This small group does quite a few “historical experiments” as I like to think of them, in different time periods. This one as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now is set in the Victorian Era around Christmas in the English country side.
I decided to post this one because its getting close to that time of year and I’ve always found it interesting to see how things were done throughout human history. This is a segment of a longer mini series of documentaries called “Victorian Farm” Which I will get around to posting eventually. I highly recommend it!
Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields
This documentary is important. It is about war crimes committed during and after the Sri Lankan civil war which ended only a couple years ago in 2009. It is very graphic, and disturbing and there is REAL blood, gore, death, and terror in this… But I still think everyone should see it.
It is important to be aware of the world we are living in. This may be happening half way across the world, but if enough attention is brought to it hopefully the international community will be able to bring the Sri Lankan government to justice for their actions against hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, both male and female, young and old.
Pompeii: The Last Day
Pompeii: The Last Day is a docudrama that follows several different people through their possible experiences based on historical accounts, and archaeological evidence.
I thought this was a cool documentary. The way it was done helps bring life back to the city allowing you to see the stages of the eruption and its effects on the people who inhabited it. I found my self fascinated, (in a morbid sort of way,) with how the mummified bodies of the people in Pompeii wound up there.
This documentary is all about the praying mantis. It goes over everything from different species of mantises, to the life cycle, to how ancient cultures perceived this bug. Warning: There are clips of a Tarantula, a couple snakes, and a lizard in this. Also if you’re a huge fan of hummingbirds you might want to look away for parts of this film because hummingbird is part of a praying mantis’ balanced breakfast.
I found this documentary to be awesome! I never knew there were so many species of praying mantis out there, and I always thought it was a myth that they ate birds sometimes. The part I found particularly interesting was that even the ancient Egyptians thought these bugs were worth documenting.
This mini-series is pretty good. Its about a handful of British women who decide to try out the tribal life. Each woman has her own interests and issues at heart, and attempts to work through them by living with a remote tribe. It gives you a good look at how women in other cultures live, and how the women of the western world might react to being stripped of many of the rights and norms that we take advantage of.
Personally I found my self thanking my lucky stars that I wasn’t born into the tribal life, and was even somewhat inspired. There are some points that annoyed me, (little quirks in the British women mostly,) but overall I found this series to be enjoyable and insightful.
Secrets of Body Language
Secrets of Body Language is a documentary about body language, speech patterns, and looking beyond the spoken word to decipher what people are really communicating. Ever wonder if someone was telling you the truth? This film will give you some tips on everything from how to spot a liar, to who might be carrying a firearm.
While I doubt that you’ll be an expert in understanding the unspoken human language like the people interviewed in this documentary, it will certainly give you an idea of what to look for. Arm yourself with knowledge!