If theaters near your abode aren't screening documentaries you'd like to see, seek DVDs of intriguing nonfiction titles at your local library.
Of those that I spotted sitting on the shelves of my neighborhood NYPL this week, I most highly recommend:
- Jesus Camp - Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's Academy Award-nominated investigative documentary about the well-organized Evangelical indoctrination of children in heartland America to become soldiers for Christ serves as an alarming cautionary tale about fundamentalist Christian recruitment and conditioning of preteens to prepare them to do battle with al-Qaeda, whose young recruits similarly fast, bare arms and sacrifice themselves for Islam.
- Taxi To The Dark Side - Alex Gibney's shocking Academy Award-winning documentary about the U.S. military's use of torture on suspected terrorists -- and in particular of an innocent taxi driver who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time -- provides interesting nonfiction viewing to Kathryn Bigelow's controversal Academy Award-nominated Zero Dark Thirty.
- Air Guitar Nation - For the sheer levity of it, watch air guitarists (they rock out playing imaginary instruments to real music) compete to be world champion. They're serious. They're skilled. They're super entertaining. And they make it a lot easier for you to tune up your own air guitar and play along when you hear your favorite music -- even while you're watching this delightful documentary.
These titles may not be sitting on the shelves of all local libraries, but most do have copies of them. If you don't find a copy, reserve one. It's free. Support your local library in its acquisition of documentary films on DVD.