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Top 10 Documentaries of 2010

A great documentary is the perfect topic for meaningful conversation, so why not dig into Influence Film Club’s Top 10 Documentaries of 2010 and get the dialogue started? These docs address topics ranging from creative expression to inspiring passion, unsuspecting eco-warriors and corruption and deception, and finally what it means to be a family. Whatever your interest, you are sure to find something worth discussing among our Top 10 Documentaries of 2010.

SENNA documents the life and death of Brazilian motor-racing champion, Ayrton Senna. The career of this spiritual and competitive man took him all around the globe, but he never forgot where he came from.

Bag It!
BAG IT! tells the story of how an average guy makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store – a decision that will change his life. Through Jeb’s journey, we see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up with us and what we can do about it.

Following four babies from Namibia, Mongolia, Japan, and the U.S. over the course of their first year of life, BABIES joyfully captures the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.

GASLAND is a dramatic and literally explosive story about the highly controversial practice of hydro fracking, a drilling method of natural gas extraction which major corporations believe to be a potential new source of cheap energy.

Bill Cunningham New York
In BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK filmmaker Richard Press follows legendary New York fashion and street photographer Bill Cunningham as he goes about his work and life.

Exit Through the Gift Shop
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP follows an eccentric shop-keeper turned amateur filmmaker as he attempts to capture the world’s most famous street artists, only to have the camera turned back on him by the artist called Banksy. The results are wildly unexpected.

Inside Job
A comprehensive analysis of the 2008 global financial crisis. Through exhaustive research and interviews with key insiders, INSIDE JOB traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia.

In this tale of electronic attraction, love, deceit and forgiveness, the dark reality of how far one woman was willing to go to soothe her emotional aches and pains is unearthed, and CATFISH asks the question: what exactly can we trust in this age of virtual connections?

WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys to the world’s largest garbage dump in Brazil where he creates striking portraits of the garbage pickers, called catadores, and transforms their lives.

The Carrier
Set in a remote Zambian village THE CARRIER offers a stunning portrait of both a family and community caught in a desperate struggle to Prevent Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and to stop the AIDS epidemic in its tracks and liberate future generations from the vicious cycle.

5 of Our Favorite Documentaries From 2009

What film are you going to watch tonight? Why not discover Influence Film Club’s 5 favorite documentaries from 2009? Whether it be from exploring cultural identity, exposing shocking practices, baking your way to the top, fighting to stay on top, or living your life in the spotlight, these docs are sure to give you plenty to talk about!

Good Hair
GOOD HAIR is inspired by Chris Rock’s 3-year old daughter who asked, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?” this film explores the way hairstyles impact the activities, relationships, and self-esteem of African Americans.

The Cove
THE COVE follows a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Richard O’Barry, as they infiltrate a hidden cove near Taiji, Japan to expose a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Kings of Pastry
16 Chefs. 3 Days. 1 Chance. France’s KINGS OF PASTRY compete for the title of a lifetime: the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, or Best Craftsmen in France.

The September Issue
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her team of editors set out to create the most important issue of the year. THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE is a highly entertaining documentary that takes you into the lives of those who rule the fashion world.

We Live in Public
Ten years in the making and culled from 5,000 hours of footage, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC reveals the effect the web is having on our society and is a riveting, cautionary tale of what to expect as the virtual world inevitably takes control of our lives.

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