Here's the conceit of the class: Documentaries make great starting points for debate. 4 people pick a documentary that appeals to them, show 10-15 minutes of it to a public audience, and then have a public debate about some issue that the documentary raises. Imagine a debate about Wal-Mart's effect on the working class after viewing Robert Greenwald's new Wal-Mart movie. Or about foreign aid after watching Born into Brothels. Or about Google's impending world domination after watching the Flash film Epic 2015. Or about the dying coral reefs after watching Coral Reef Adventure.
Ok, maybe not the last one, though it is a fine film. But you get the idea.
I'm interested in a) what documentaries really rock your socks (or tacos, in Max's case) and b) if there are any thrilling critical reviews, essays, books, etc. that you think would be good resources. I'm not really thinking about having them read "documentary theory" but it wouldn't hurt if I knew a thing or two about it. Any other thoughts in general?
Have at it.