Some Documentaries I Reccomend:

Matt Austin Don't You Forget about Me
Don’t You Forget About Me / The Work of John Hughes

A group of filmmakers go on a quest to meet the maker of films such as Vacation, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and The Breakfast Club. Watch the trailer here.

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Food Inc.
Food Inc.

In the classes I teach, we try to start by figuring out a research question so we can enter into hot pursuit for answers.  This documentary offers a great example of the research question:  Where does my food come from?  Under what conditions was it produced?  Watch the trailer here.

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Trouble the Water.  An Inside Look at Hurricane Katrina.
Trouble the Water. An Inside Look at Hurricane Katrina.

An inside look at Hurricane Katrina from two who survived the storm.  Watch the trailer here.

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Maxed Out
If you want to know what the credit card companies are up to, watch MAXED OUT

Whoa!  Some of the folks in this film–the bill collectors–are some nasty people.  Watch the trailer here.

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No Impact Man
No Impact Man

Here’s a radical experiment by a Manhattan family who works toward leaving a minimal environmental footprint.  Watch the trailer here.

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The Story of Stuff
The Story of Stuff

Not sure this is quite a documentary.  More like an important lecture about all that stuff we feel like we have to buy.  Watch the trailer here.