5 Best Documentaries 2007

Wednesday, January 19 by Andrea Miller

What were the 5 best documentaries of 2007? These five true-life feature films were all nominated for Academy Awards in the Best Documentary Feature category. Perhaps because the country was in the midst of the Iraq War in 2007, three out of five of the best documentary films focus on this conflict. 

  1. "Taxi to the Dark Side". This documentary won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. It investigates the torture practices used by the United States through the story of an innocent Afghani taxi driver who was tortured and killed by the U.S. government. The documentary was directed, written, and narrated by Alex Gibney, and also won an Emmy award for Best Documentary.
  2. "No End in Sight". Another war documentary, this movie examined the Bush administration's occupation of Iraq and its conduct during the war. It was written and directed by Charles Ferguson, who most recently directed the documentary "Inside Job." In addition to its Oscar nomination, it won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
  3. "Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience". This documentary explored the experience of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan through their own writings. It was based on stories published by "The New Yorker" magazine during Summer 2006. In addition to its Oscar nomination, it also won an Emmy award for Best News Documentary.
  4. "Sicko". A movie by well-known documentary director Michael Moore, Sicko investigates the trouble with the United States healthcare system. Moore's most recently film is another documentary called "Capitalism: A Love Story." He is also known for documentaries "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Bowling for Columbine."
  5. "War Dance". Perhaps the most uplifting of these documentaries, War Dance tells the story of children in northern Uganda who compete in their country's music and dance festival. In addition to its Oscar nomination, it won the Best Directing prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
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