Library Journal: Best DVDs of 2009

Wie jedes Jahr hat das Library Journal in den USA auch diesmal wieder die 10 besten Dokumentarfilme auf DVD ausgewählt.  Jeff T. Dick hat seine Wahl nach folgenden Kriterien getroffen:

„For his list of the best docs (and one foreign film) to release on DVD in 2009, Jeff Dick, LJ’s indie film guru, took into account the following criteria: films that garnered Oscar, film festival, or critical recognition, including in LJ, and those offering remarkable insights and/or emotional engagement that lingers beyond their final frames. His top picks tackle a wide variety of subject material, from the death penalty to a tale of survival against all odds.“ (Library Journal Best DVDs of 2009: Food, Inc., Every Little Step & More)

At the Death House Door. color. 94 min. Peter Gilbert & Steve James, Kartemquin, dist. by Cinema Guild. ISBN 978-1-56580-849-2.
A Texas prison chaplain and death penalty advocate has a wrenching change of heart after ministering to an apparently innocent man.

Every Little Step. color. 93 min. Adam Del Deo & James D. Stern, dist. by Sony Pictures. UPC 0-43396-30962-3.
Dancers auditioning for the revival of Broadway’s A Chorus Line work with the show’s original creators to rekindle a classic tale of showbiz dreams.

Food, Inc. color. 91 min. Robert Kenner, dist. by Magnolia Pictures. UPC 8-76964-00216-5; Blu-ray UPC 8-76964-00260-8.
A food-industry exposé that serves up an eye-opening (and sometimes stomach-churning) look at profit-fattening but unhealthy agribusiness practices.

I.O.U.S.A.: One Nation. Under Stress. In Debt. color. 85 min. Patrick Creadon, dist. by PBS Home Video. ISBN 978-0-7936-7047-5.
This informative and accessible chronicle of America’s exploding national debt sounds a wake-up call about looming economic disaster. (LJ online 6/18/09)

The Order of Myths. color. 80 min. Margaret Brown, dist. by Cinema Guild. ISBN 978-0-7815-1268-8.
Segregation still reigns at the Mardi Gras in Mobile, AL, until the 2007 celebration tentatively breaks from the „separate but equal“ tradition. (LJ 4/1/09)

Pray the Devil Back to Hell. color. 72 min. Gini Reticker & Abigail E. Disney, dist. by Passion River. UPC 8-44667-01992-6.
Inspiring Liberian women—Christian and Muslim—unite to halt a deadly civil war and help elect Africa’s first female head of state.

Sin Nombre. color. 96 min. In Spanish w/English subtitles. Cary Fukunaga, dist. by Universal. UPC 0-25192-01807-7.
In search of a better life, South Americans Sayra (Paulina Gaitan) and Willy (Edgar Flores) cross paths stealing a train ride in this moving drama.

Stranded. color & b/w. 126 min. In Spanish w/English subtitles. Gonzalo Arijón, dist. by Zeitgeist. UPC 7-95975-11133-1.
Survivors of a 1972 plane crash in the Andes reflect on their harrowing 72-day ordeal that forced them to resort to cannibalism.

Trouble the Water. color. 96 min. Tia Lessin & Carl Deal, dist. by Zeitgeist. UPC 7-95975-11183-6.
The onslaught and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 is captured by intrepid New Orleans resident Kimberly Rivers in effective home-movie style. (LJ online 2/9/09)

Trumbo. color & b/w. 95 min. Peter Askin, dist. by Magnolia Pictures. UPC 8-76964-00239-4.
Blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Johnny Got His Gun) is profiled primarily via compelling readings of his letters from prison.

Alle Titel sind in den USA bei den üblichen Mailorder-Vertrieben erhältlich. „Sin Nombre“ erscheint im Januar 2010 auch in Großbritannien auf DVD.

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