Friday, January 7, 2011

Ten of the best political documentaries in 2010

American writer and film and culture critic Michael Atkinson believes we are seeing a renaissance in activist political documentary film-making.

He argues that never before in the history of popular media have non-fiction films been so affordable to make and easy to execute and distribute. The result, Atkinson argues, has been an outstanding crop of political documentaries.

In this article published in In These Times Atkinson identifies what he believes are the best 10 political documentaries of 2010:
  • Inside Job (on the financial meltdown of Wall St)
  • Casino Jack and the United States of Money ( portrait of the jailed Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff)
  • Countdown to Zero (about nuclear weapons)
  • Gasland (about the destructive environmental, political and social impacts of deep shale natural gas drilling)
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America (about Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers)
  • Waiting for Armageddon (on Evangelicalism)
  • Budrus (about political and community activism in a Palestinian village)
  • Restropo (about life as a soldier in combat zone in Afghanistan)
  • Client 9: The rise and fall of Elliot Spitzer (about the efforts by the US right to destroy an anti corporate legislator)
  • The Oath (about the former bodyguard for Osama Bin Laden)

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