Documentaries (D)

Friday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tahoe 1003

George and Claire Roper

The documentaries presented will be quite varied. Some will be educational and-or maddening, others will be heartwarming and-or enlightening, but all will be entertaining. This is a drop-in seminar. No sign-up or presentation is required but participation in discussions is encouraged.

Feb. 2: For the Love of Spock (2016)
This documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary of Star Trek through a personal, intimate look at the life and career of Leonard Nimoy and the enduring appeal of his alter-ego Mr. Spock, as told by his son, Adam Nimoy. (111 min.)
Feb. 9: Where to Invade Next (2015)
This is an expansive, rib-tickling and subversive comedy in which Michael Moore, playing the role of "invader," visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. (90 min.)
Feb 16: And The Oscar Goes To (2014)
An original documentary that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Academy Awards and Oscar-winning films through the eyes of Hollywood insiders. (94 min.)
Feb. 23: Chuck Norris vs. Communism (2015)
In 1980s Romania, thousands of Western films smashed through the Iron Curtain opening a window into the free world for those who dared to look. A black market VHS racketeer and a courageous female translator brought the magic of film to the masses and sowed the seeds of a revolution. (80 min.)
March 2: Floyd Norman: An Animated Life (2016)
An intimate journey through the life and career of 80-year-old Floyd Norman, the first African-American animator at Disney Studios. He later went on to develop the original Fat Albert TV special, early Sesame Street segments, and classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons. (94 min.)
March 9: She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2015)
This documentary is a provocative, rousing and often humorous account of the birth of the Women's liberation movement in the late 1960s through to its contemporary manifestations in the new millennium, direct from the women who lived it. It's an essential chronicle of the movement that elevated women out of their second-class status. (91 min.)
March 16: Becoming Warren Buffett (2016)
This fascinating documentary traces the remarkable life, career and credo of billionaire investor Warren Buffett who started out as an ambitious, numbers-obsessed boy from Nebraska and ended up becoming one of the richest and most respected men in the world. (91 min.)
March 23: No Class
Spring Break.
March 30: No Class
Cesar Chavez Holiday.
April 6: The Fear of 13 (2015)
Nick Yarris, convicted of murder and spending 21 years on Death Row in Pennsylvania, tells of his 21 years on death row and release in 2004. It is the classic stranger-than-fiction scenario, but it's also a testament to the power of storytelling, which can make the truth sound like embellishment. (95 min.)
April 13: Under the Sun (2016)
A fascinating portrait of one girl and her parents in the year as she prepares to join the Korean Children's Union on the 'Day Of The Shining Star' (Kim Jong-Il's birthday). (78 min.)
April 20: Losing Sight of Shore (2017)
This extraordinary journey of four brave women known as the Coxless Crew that set out to row the Pacific Ocean from America to Australia unsupported is amazing. As they row over 8,000 miles during their nine months at sea, they face extreme mental and physical challenges they must overcome in order to make history. It is a story of perseverance, friendship and the power of the human spirit. (91 min.)
April 27: Saving Banksy (2017)
This film traces the struggle of art consultant Brian Greif to preserve a single painting by street artist Banksy - one of the artist's trademark Che Guevara rats. The film chronicles how Banksy's work is dismissed by many museums, regarded as graffiti by municipalities like San Francisco, and stolen by art collectors from their sites and sold for millions at auction. (70 min.)
May 4: Requium for the American Dream (2016)
In a series of interviews spanning four years, leftist social critic Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth and power among a small elite has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class. (74 min.)