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10 Must-See Documentaries

I love a good documentary — and there are so many great ones that I would need several posts/years to get through them all. Instead, I thought I would share some great documentaries that have a kid element to them, but are not necessarily for kids’ viewing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • The Business of Being Born (2008) 1 of 10
    The Business of Being Born (2008)
    A great documentary by Abby Epstein that explores childbirth at home vs. in hospital in the United States.
  • My Kid Could Paint That (2007) 2 of 10
    My Kid Could Paint That (2007)
    A fantastic film about a four year old painter who is selling her paintings for thousands of dollars and is being compared to Pollack. It gets interesting when people start questioning how influential her father is on her actual ability.
  • God Grew Tired of Us (2005) 3 of 10
    God Grew Tired of Us (2005)
    God Grew Tired of Us: The Lost Boys of Sudan is a four year journey that follows three young refugees as they begin new lives in the United States.
  • The Lottery (2010) 4 of 10
    The Lottery (2010)
    Directed by Madeleine Sackler, The Lottery follows four families from Harlem who are trying to get into the best school in New York, Harlem Success Academy
  • Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) 5 of 10
    Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)
    Little kids ballroom dancing - how can you beat that?
  • The Sound of Mumbai (2010) 6 of 10
    The Sound of Mumbai (2010)
    "For one emotional night, a group of slum children in Mumbai, India, get a chance to experience a different world as they perform The Sound of Music with a classical orchestra, fostering hopes that it could change their lives forever."
  • Waiting for Superman (2010) 7 of 10
    Waiting for Superman (2010)
    From the director of "An Inconvenient Truth", director Davis Guggenheim explores the public education crisis in the United States.
  • No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009) 8 of 10
    No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009)
    Writer Colin Beavan takes his family on a one year journey to live without leaving a carbon footprint.
  • Generation RX (2008) 9 of 10
    Generation RX (2008)
    "Generation RX is a film about families who confronted horror and found nowhere to turn for help - and how scores of children have been caught in the vortex of mind-bending drugs at the earliest stages of their growth and development."
  • Spellbound (2002) 10 of 10
    Spellbound (2002)
    This documentary follows eight kids as they prepare and compete in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee.

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