It has been over a week since the Academy Awards and I was overall happy with the results. Not all of my choices -- in my yearly competition with friends – won; but the winners in the major categories were talented, deserving people.
Although it’s all over now, I’d like to mention just one last category: documentaries. It may come as a surprise to some folks, but here at Harris County Public Library, documentaries are very popular. There are always numerous holds on them when the DVDs are released. And if those documentaries are based on books, the interest translates to increased holds on the written material, whether hard copy or digital. (That happens for nonfiction books which become the basis for fictionalized films, as well.)
This year’s winner for Best Documentary, Features is Inside Job , an examination of the global financial crisis in 2008, its causes, and its consequences. The other nominees were Exit Through the Gift Shop , a film about the graffiti artist known only as Banksy; Gasland , a look at the practice of hydraulic fracking – something which has lately been in the news; Restrepo , the chronicle of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan; and Waste Land, a documentary about the people who live and work in the world’s largest landfill, located outside Rio de Janeiro.
As I said, we have several documentaries that can stimulate the mind and touch the heart. Below I’ve listed some recent Oscar winners and nominees. I bet there's a title on this list that will spark your interest.