Four documentaies from this decade.
[b]Capturing the Freidmans[/b], directed by Andrew Jarecki, is a documentary about a rather odd and dysfunctional family, the Freidmans. Arnold Freidman is an award winning teacher who also teaches computer clases from his home. His wife Elaine, is loyal and supportive. They have three sons, David, Seth and Jesse. Arnold loves to make home movies, and we see them throughout the film. However Arnold also loves child pornography, and he's arrested with literally hundreds of magazines. Soon things get darker as he and his youngest son Jesse are charged with child molestation, victimizing boys from their computer class. Arnold and Jesse maintain their innocence throughout, despite Arnold's past. The oldest son David becomes especially bitter at his mother during the trial process, especially when she tells Jesse to plead guilty to get a lesser sentence. All the while filmmaker Jarecki questions the evidence and witnesses in the case, making for a rather unsettling, albiet fascinating look into this dysfunctional family.
[b]Southern Comfort[/b], directed by Kate Davis, chronicles the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual dying of ovarian cancer. Robert, who is poor, lives in rural Georgia with his male-to-female transsexual girlfriend Lola. They have a small group of friends that acts as an extended family. We see Robert face discrimination from doctors, all the while maintaining his spirit and remaining the rock of his small clan of societys outcasts. The film deals openly and honestly about prejudice while maintaining a certain southern charm. It's a sad film that can be uplifting at the same time. It's a fascinating story well told by Davis.
Michael Moore's best film, [b]Bowling for Columbine[/b], examines gun violence in America in the wake of the Columbine school massacre. He interviews everyone from survivors of Columbine, to Charlton Heston, all the while trying to make sense of America's fascination with guns and the violence that they bring.