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12 Documentaries That Will Expand Your Worldview

12. '5 Broken Cameras' (2011)

Trying to take an objective look at both sides of war, 5 Broken Cameras follows the protests against the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Each of the film’s five sections shows the effects that the hostility has on the people of Bil’in, rather than simply limiting itself to the soldiers involved.

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11. 'Happiness' (2013)

When television reached Bhutan in 1999, it is an understatement to say that it made a dramatic impact on the everyday life of the citizens. Happiness examines the ways in which an eight-year-old boy went from being isolated from the modern world to experiencing the technological advancements which are so foreign to him.

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10. 'Nanook of the North' (1922)

For nearly a century, documentarians have been trying to capture what Robert J. Flaherty accomplished in his 1922 film. Nanook of the North documents a year in the life of an Inuit hunter. Though it is a silent picture, it is able to speak volumes about the nature of the human spirit and the power of familial bonds.

9. 'War/Dance' (2007)

Because of the threat of a local terrorist group, many Ugandan locals have to spend their days in a displacement camp. War/Dance examines the hardships facing these people, as well as their ability to continue to participate in their rich culture through the arts.

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8. 'Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids' (2004)

This film shines a spotlight on the lives of the children of prostitutes in the red light district of Calcutta. To provide a more accurate depiction, much of the footage was actually shot by the children themselves. The efforts paid off with Born Into Brothels taking home the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 77th Academy Awards.

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7. 'God Grew Tired of Us' (2006)

After fleeing from war and unrest, three refugee children leave Sudan seeking to resettle in the United States. The film focuses on the culture shock they experience when trying to maintain their own habits while on American soil.

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6. 'Baraka' (1992)

Without trying to make a directed statement or pass judgement, Baraka doesn’t follow a conventional narrative path. It simply provides the audience with imagery and allows them to make their own conclusions. Using footage from 25 different countries, the documentary contrasts various cultures seen around the world.

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5. 'Love Hotel' (2014)

Whether you are single and looking for an escape from your daily life or a couple who is trying to rediscover passion, this Japanese hotel exists to cater to your whims. Love Hotel takes a look at the visitors to this strange inn and shows a different side to the ideals of Japan of which many viewers are otherwise unaware.

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4. 'Village at the End of the World' (2012)

Shot over the course of a year in a village in Greenland, Village at the End of the World focuses on a community of only 59 people. The film shows how their way of life remains untouched by globalization and modern luxuries.

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3. 'Vernon, Florida' (1981)

Exploring the vastly different cultures that can exist within the same country, Errol Morris films a small, isolated town in Florida. The movie was able to encapsulate the various people which inhabit the titular town by giving their stories credence and authority.

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2. 'A Kalahari Family' (2002)

Told over the course of five parts spanning six hours, A Kalahari Family chronicles John Marshall’s interactions with the Ju/-hoansi bushmen over five decades. The film shows the effects that the changing African political climate and the introduction of outsiders had on the members of the tribe.

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1. 'Favela Rising' (2005)

Drug trafficking takes a huge toll on the slums of Brazil. Favela Rising follows one man’s story after he has lost family and friends to the devastation of being involved in the industry. The tragedy takes center stage, but the film also examines its subjects personal will to endure.

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