Following my previous column on interesting documentaries, here are some more gems that have recently been added to the library collection.
If you are in the mood for music, dance or fashion, “The Paris Opera” is a behind-the-scenes look at the famed Palais Garnier, where drama and passion unfold every day before the curtain is raised, while “Rebels on Pointe” celebrates the world-famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo — the notorious all-male, drag ballet company. “Extraordinary Ordinary People” is a music-fueled journey through folk and traditional arts in America, and “Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer” is the rags-to-riches story of the creative director of “Moschino.”
If you are feeling sporty, you might enjoy “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton,” which is a thrilling, up-close portrait of Hamilton’s remarkable journey, from his rebellious childhood in Hawaii, to his relentless pursuit of ever-bigger waves. In “Boston: The Documentary” Matt Damon narrates the story of the Boston Marathon, and in “Swim Team” the parents of a boy on the autism spectrum take matters into their own hands and form a competitive swim team.
If you are feeling literary, then there’s “The Pulitzer at 100,” which celebrates the centenary of the Pulitzers, with riveting tales of the winning artists, while “Monkey Business: The Story of Curious George’s Creators,” is a documentary film exploring the extraordinary lives of Hans and Margret Rey, the authors of the beloved Curious George children's books.
If you are relaxing with a glass of wine, perhaps try “Sour Grapes,” where an unassuming young man floods the American wine market with fake vintages valued in the millions, bamboozling the wine world. Or de-stress to “Walk With Me,” which takes us deep inside the world-famous monastery of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh.
“Ireland’s Wild Coast” is a journey along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, featuring the wildlife and wild places that make it so special, or you could cross continents and enjoy “Naledi,” the true-life story of a baby elephant born into a rescue camp in the wilderness of Botswana, and “Jane,” the documentary about Jane Goodall and her chimpanzees.
History buffs might like “Naples 44,” which documents the ravaged Italian city during World War II, while news addicts might enjoy “I Voted?” which examines election integrity, or “The Force,” which follows the Oakland Police Department.
These DVDs are owned by Westerly Library and are free to borrow with a Rhode Island library card.
Jules Belanger is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.