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Political Docos

Due to the great influx of socio-political documentaries over the last couple of years, Alice thought it was time they had a section of their own. Included here are political bios ('Comandante', 'Mahatma Gandhi: Pilgrim of Peace'); films dealing with the mechanics of politics ('Rats in the Ranks', 'The War Room'); and those dedicated to political issues as diverse as homelessness ('It Was A Wonderful Life'), the death penalty ('Mr Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A Leuchter Jr'), corporate depletion of natural resources ('End of Suburbia'); civil rights ('4 Little Girls') and corruption ('Fahrenheit 911). Undoubtedly two stars of the genre are two very different men, extroverted funnyman, Michael Moore ('Roger and Me') and soft-spoken professor, Noam Chomsky ('Manufacturing Consent'), pictured.

4 Little Girls (1997)

7.9/10
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Bill Cosby, Walter Cronkite, Spike Lee, George Wallace, Coretta Scott King

Acclaimed director Spike Lee examines one of the most shocking crimes to occur in America... the 1963 bombing of a black church in Burmington, Alabama... Read more

9/11 Mysteries: Demolitions (2006)

Director: Sofia Shafquat

The images of September 11, 2001 are indelibly etched on our collective memory. The sight of the World Trade Centre towers collapsing was horrific on... Read more

9/11: The Falling Man (2006)

7.4/10
Director: Henry Singer

In the wake of 9/11, one of the most haunting and unforgettable images of the tragedy was of a man falling from the World Trade Centre. The picture h... Read more

9/11: The Filmmakers Commemorative Edition (2001)

8.4/10
Director: Gedeon Naudet, Jules Naudet, James Hanlon

On the morning of September 11, 2001, French filmmaker brothers Jules and Gedeon Naudet were working on a documentary about a rookie New York City fir... Read more

911: The Road To Tyranny (2003)

5.9/10
Director: Alex Jones

The Government needed a crisis to convince the people to willingly give up their liberty in exchange for safety. Now according to this documentary, th... Read more

A Civilised Society (2007)

Director: Alister Barry

Kiwi filmmaker Alister Barry tells the epic story of the struggle between teachers and the radical right during the 1980s and '90s, as the free market... Read more

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006)

7.9/10
Director: Basil Gelpke, Ray McCormack

An astoundingly sobering and unashamedly apocalyptic documentary about the world's obsession with oil, when it's going to run out, and what will happe... Read more

A Film Unfinished (2010)

7.3/10
Director: Yael Hersonski

In 1942, more than two years after Nazi troops herded Poland's Jews into a ghetto in Warsaw, where they were to be held until they were sent to exterm... Read more

A Hero's Journey (2006)

6.2/10

President Xanana Gusmao of East Timor takes us on a very personal journey through his country, meeting men, women and children who share moving and sh... Read more

A State of Mind (2004)

7.8/10
Director: Daniel Gordon

North Korea's Mass Games bring together over 80,000 peformers to create a mind-boggling spectacle of dance, gymnastics and music in honour of their le... Read more