What was the last documentary you watched?

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All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020)



This is such an important documentary and a real eye-opener to how one political party in the USA is attempting to exclude black people from voting or making it increasingly difficult for them to do so. The documentary compares things happening now with attempts made to stop ex slaves from voting after they were freed. In many ways the USA hasn't changed that much in one a half centuries.
 

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Tina (2021)



An interesting documentary of the singer. There were no major new insights or revelations about her. The first half focusses on her life and career with her husband Ike while the second half concentrates on how she reinvented herself after her divorce to become the star that she is. The story of the abuse she endured while married to Ike is what she is best known for but I found the most interesting part of the documentary was how she was determined so come out of his shadow and be a successful solo artist in her own right. I didn't realise that the song that revived her career, What's Love Got To Do With It, was originally recorded by Bucks Fizz.
 

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Nail Bomber (Netflix). A very good account of the London Nail Bombings in the late 90's. It's just a one off but worth a watch. Just starting the documentary on Peter Tatchell, again on Netflix. Cannot stand the man but looks very interesting with Sir Ian McKellen interviewing him.
 

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Sometimes I wasn't sure if it was fiction or real, but that also seems to be the essence of this underground culture, although part of it was popularized and commercialized in the 90s.
What really surprised me is that so many of these people dreamt of being rich and famous, looking or posing like a glamorous woman wasn't enough anymore, they wanted to have what Rich White America had - or how it was perceived in the magazines and commercials (and soaps).
And to think that "looking fab and feeling great" was going to achieve that.
With these different themes going on at the same time, and the entertainment value of some of these colourful people, it almost looks like brilliant fiction.

It's strange that the characters from POSE turn out to be so victim-y and uninspiring, if you consider the amazing source material.
Saw Paris is Burning in the 90's in college in a theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan. How you brought back memories.
 

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All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020)



This is such an important documentary and a real eye-opener to how one political party in the USA is attempting to exclude black people from voting or making it increasingly difficult for them to do so. The documentary compares things happening now with attempts made to stop ex slaves from voting after they were freed. In many ways the USA hasn't changed that much in one a half centuries.
Well in a democracy you need a majority of the people. When you can't get that you turn to dirty tricks to get only the voters you want to the poles. Tyranny 101.
 

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Had to race to the end - to long of a thread for me.

Titians Who Built America: Henry Ford, Pierre Dupont, William Boeing, Walter Chrysler, J.P. Morgan, Jr., the squeal to the Men Who Built America: Cornelius Vanderbilt, John Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan, Sr., Henry Ford (which should have come after the men who created American, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington). The next is the series should be the People Who Squandered America: love to see that list of 5.
 

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WW1 In Numbers. Really interesting to see different approach to the subject. Also talked about the political aspects during and after.
 
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