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10 Documentaries That Will Make You Squirm and Leave You Wondering . . .

Mark and I are huge documentary buffs. My favorite kind of documentary is one that asks more questions than giving answers . . . that leaves you thinking and stretches your assumptions. Here are a few of my favorite documentaries that had us talking for days after we saw them.

  • My Brother’s Keeper 1 of 10
    My Brother's Keeper

    My Brother's Keeper looks at an eccentric set of brothers, and the mysterious death of one of them. 

  • Devil’s Playground 2 of 10
    Devil's Playground

    Devil's Playground explores the Amish practice of rumspringa, in which children are encouraged to sow their wild oats before committing to the church.

  • The Fog of War 3 of 10
    The Fog of War

    The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara explores some of the ambivalence McNamara has about the US's involvement in past wars.

  • Hell House 4 of 10
    Hell House

    Hell House turns the lens on the practice of evangelical "hell houses" during Halloween season that seek to scare kids into a conversion.

  • Jesus Camp 5 of 10
    Jesus Camp

    Jesus Camp explores some of the techniques used in evangelical camps to convert kids to Christianity.

  • My Kids Could Paint That 6 of 10
    My Kids Could Paint That

    My Kid Could Paint That is the fascinating story of a young artist who rose to sudden fame, and the controversy and questions about her father's involvement in her paintings.

  • Sound and Fury 7 of 10
    Sound and Fury

    Sound and Furyis the powerful story of two families dealing with deaf children, and the controversy in the deaf community in regards to cochlear implants, which threaten to change deaf culture.

  • Capturing the Friedmans 8 of 10
    Capturing the Friedmans

    Capturing the Friedmans explores a dysfunctional family who have had grave allegations made against them.

  • Daughter From Denang 9 of 10
    Daughter From Denang

    Daughter from Danang follows an adult adoptee back to Vietnam to visit her birth family, and explores the meaning of family and obligation.

  • Bowling For Columbine 10 of 10
    Bowling For Columbine

    Bowling For Columbine attempts to understand why American youth are prone to violence.

Have you seen any of these documentaries? Want to weigh in on your thoughts?  Did Marla do those paintings? Did that guy kill his brother? And what’s the deal with the Friedmans? I STILL DON’T KNOW!

 

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