Pretty strange we don't have a documentaries thread already, but no time like the present.

Just watched The Silence of Others, a Spanish documentary about people trying to get the amnesty law overturned so that perpetrators of crimes during the Franco regime can be brought to justice. Found it to download and English subtitles fairly easily (El Silencio de Otros is the original title). Recommended.

The Diego Maradona documentary is class. Probably been mentioned on here before but I only watched it recently.

Maradona has been portrayed as a villain by many, this might be a little wide of the mark. He could be callow - most of us would be if that level of fame and adulation was dropped on us at 18. He was reckless towards the end of his career but when you look at what he could do with a football, it's impossible to deny his genius.

I liked that the director managed to tell Maradona's story without the use of talking heads and has the man himself narrate it for the most part. The footage that they got their hands on for this film is excellent. The scene when he's brought into Stadio San Paolo after signing for Napoli is goosebump material.

Forgot about that, thanks for the reminder. What a genius with a ball.

Watched "Challenger: The Final Flight" over the past week or two. Worth a look. 

Bbc I player has the 3 part Trump story up. It doesn't paint in a good light or his supporters but interesting to hear what some even on the Republican side are saying about him.

If Biden wins I think I might miss the crazy stories, but to be honest, even in defeat I think we'll still be hearing about Trump.

#5 November 11, 2020, 08:20:25 PM Last Edit: November 11, 2020, 08:22:57 PM by Black Shepherd Carnage
The Red Pill, available on Amazon.

Moved this here so as not to have a big discussion in the film thread. My take:

QuoteI can't remember the specific details, but I looked up and read through a critique of it, which seemed the thing to do. I do echo your recommendation though. My own criticism, what jumped out at my personal biases, is that they passed so superficially and quickly over what the London men's refuge lady was saying about how feminism began as a revolt against capitalism but was appropriated by the interests of bourgeois go-getter women. The root cause of the issues addressed lies, to my eyes, closer to where the original feminist movement located it. But the film gives no extra analysis to that point beyond the lady who mentions it, despite said lady being a key witness, so to speak, to male abuse being ignored.

Take it away Kev!

I don't think we'll disagree in substantive way (not a great spectator sport, this discussion!)

My biggest takeaway is the feminist dismissal of the men's issues raised, whereas there was little or no evidence of the contrary. As a man with disputed custody of a kid, my biases were fed by this film, but I think all but the most hardened feminists would learn a great deal, particularly about power imbalance and the commonly held views in gender violence.

I agree about the auld wan from London.

Oooh yeah, watched that Black Tar one years ago, it's fucked. Like a fever dream.

One I saw recently, that I was meaning to see for a while, the MIA documentary, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A

Very very interesting character. Would have liked if there was more of the politics of her father explored but it was well worth watching regardless. Definitely couldn't accuse her of being a sellout, and that Kala album goes underappreciated, I think.

Related to the reinforcement learning news I just posted in the Random Thoughts thread, I really consider the AlphaGo documentary to be essential viewing for anyone navigating this planet at this moment in history:

Just watched the Dawn Wall on Netflix. Fantastic.