5 Best Documentaries 2008

Friday, January 21 by Andrea Miller

What are the five best documentaries of 2008? These five feature documentaries were all nominated for Academy Awards in the Best Documentary Feature category. Their subject matter of these amazing true stories spans from art to travel to human struggles and redemption. Read on for the list of the five best documentaries of 2008.

  1. "Man on Wire." The winner of the Best Documentary Feature Oscar, this movie tells the story of Philippe Petit, who walked a tightrope between the two World Trade Center towers in 1974. This act was not only death-defying, but also illegal. In addition to the Oscar, "Man on Wire" won 27 other awards.
  2. "The Betrayal – Nerakhoon." This best documentary tells the story of a family forced to emigrate from Laos during the Vietnam War. Director and writer Ellen Kuras documented the family's story over 23 years in this epic tale.
  3. "Encounters at the End of the World." Filmmaker Warner Herzog documents the rare beauty of Antartica in this feature film, one of the five best documentaries of 2008. He meets the scientists there who are dedicated to the continent's environment and landscape.
  4. "The Garden." This best documentary of 2008 tells the story of a 14-acre community garden in Los Angeles which is threatened by developers. One of the few documentaries to feature Hollywood actors playing themselves, it stars Danny Glover and Daryl Hannah.
  5. "Trouble the Water." This feature, one of the best documentaries of 2008, tells the story of an aspiring rap artist who finds redemption among difficult circumstances. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in addition to its Oscar nomination.

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