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Spotlight on Independent Documentaries

Spotlight on Independent Documentaries

Independent Film Week is celebrated this week. The week brings together the international filmmaking community to advocate for independent films that focus on social and cultural issues.To celebrate, I’ve put together a collection of my favorite independent documentaries to date.

The Corporation

Directed by Jennifer Abbot and Mark Achbar, The Corporation explores the influences corporations have on society. The film in essence, does a psycho-analysis on the behavior of corporations. They found corporations to have an inability to maintain lasting relationships, disregard for others safety and an inability to conform to the social norms of society. The documentary is packed with information that will make you rethink some of your consumer habits.

Bowling for Columbine

A Michael Moore independent documentary released in 2002, this independent film examines the issues of gun violence and reflects on the shootings that took place at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.The documentary won an Oscar in 2003 for best documentary and remains very relevant today.

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

Another independent documentary worthy of mention is this independently produced 2006 documentary.Written by Spike Lee, the documentary examines the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.A revealing look at the government response and the people devastated after the levees broke.


Written and directed by Michael Moore, this independent documentary takes an in-depth look at the health care system in the United States.It contrasts our profit-oriented model to free, universal health care systems offered in France, Canada and the U.K. No matter what your stance is on the health care system in the United States, it is a film worthy of watching.

Hoop Dreams

Directed by Steve James, this 1994 follows two young athletes on their quest to become college basketball players with dreams of going pro. The film follows these young athletes for nearly five years.The documentary takes viewers on an emotional rollercoaster as these young men face the challenges life throws at them.

As this just a small listing of some of the influential independent documentaries made to date, be sure to share the independent documentaries that make your list of favorites.


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