5 Must see documentaries of the summer

Looking for a way to pass the time during the summer? Well you can by watching some of my personal favorite documentaries! The following is a mix, ranging from political conflict to drug wars, and even about the very planet itself.

#SoFloWebfest Indigo DocuSeries presents the screening of “Kenbe Fem: To Hold Firm.

This internationally acclaimed film takes places at Haiti at 2010, during the disastrous earthquake that occurred. It follows David Pierre-Louis, a Haitian-American, who organizes emergency relief efforts during the disaster. As David continues his mission, he is confronted by the challenges of the major resource shortage of the Haitian government and the non-profit sectors of the country. The film will make us think what will happen if there was a more concentrated effort into the poor communities of the country.

Sponsored by SoFloWebFest, the screening will take place on June 30th at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex for the suggested donation price of $25.

This French-Iranian animated biography is based on the graphic novel of the same name. The story is about a young Marjane Satrapi’s life during the backdrop Iranian Revolution. As she continues to live her life with her family, the Iran-Iraq war broke out. Marjane and her family had to deal with ridiculous laws that are controversial.

Originally shot and dubbed in France. This international documentary includes English subtitles, for your viewing pleasure. It was even nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Cocaine Cowboys follows the rise of the cocaine market and ensuing Drug War throughout the 1970’s and 80’s in Miami, FL. The film highlights about the most notable drug cartel of that time, the “Medellin Cartel”. Watch as you learn more about the war between the United States Government and the drug cartels that dominated the City of Miami. You may even learn some historical secrets that the City wishes to keep away, and learn about living in Miami during that time.

This is a must watch for any Miami natives in the area! Viewer discretion is advised.

This BBC nature documentary series reviews the many biomes of our home planet, Earth. Each hour long episodes review specific habitats from all over the world, including the Tundra wasteland of the North Pole, to the humid climate of the tropical rain forests. Spawning a movie and sequels, the production value was expensive and uses some of the best technology and cameras.

Narrated by the iconic David Attenborough, the documentary series is sure to peak the interests of all of the nature junkies.

Indie Game: The Movie is a must see documentary for all of those looking to get into the competitive profession of Video Game Development. The documentary follows the struggles, success, and failures of independent game developers Edmund McMillen, Tommy Refenes, and Phil Fish. View the development cycles of the video games “Super Meat Boy” and “Fez”. The film will also show Jonathan Blow’s reflection of his successful game, Braid.

Gamer or developer, I firmly believe this film would be an interesting watch for all.

There is a slew of documentaries you can watch but I happen to find the above list to be lit. I personally enjoy mixing it up, there is . Until next time!

Written by Jordan Rivero