Okay, another list. I am always looking out for interesting documentaries about nearly everything.
My favourites so far are:
The Fog of War by Errol Morris. An extensive interview with Robert McNamara based on his 11 Lessons for life. Provides a lot of paralles to today's politics.
Eye of the Day/Shape of the Moon by Leonard Retel Helmrich. The first two parts of an intended trilogy (the director is planning to film a third one) on a family in Jakarta. The first film (Eye of the Day) deals with the fall of the Suharto Regime and how the family experienced that time and the second film (Shape of the Moon) deals with the social pressures put on the family by the strong religious tendencies in the country.
Road to Guantanamo by Michael Winterbottom: The story of 4 friends who naively travel to Afghanistan shortly before the invasion in order to help the people and end up in prison for the following 3 years. The most scary moment for me was one clip of Donald Rumsfeld saying 'The prisoners in Guantanamo Bay are being treated according to the Geneva convention... Most of the time'.
There are others I really want to see, namely 'The Thin Blue Line' by Errol Morris and anything by Frederick Wiseman, Penneybaker and the Myall Brothers.
Anybody got any suggestions?