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06 March 2016 @ 11:00 pm
March Question Meme: Day Six  
Asked by lusimeles:

What is your favourite documentary, and why?

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, which is a four-hour documentary about the Nightmare On Elm Street film franchise, which includes not only an overview of each individual film and the process of how they were created and made, but also has interviews with the former cast and crew members involved in those films. I'm a huge fan of the ANOES franchise, and knowing that Heather Langenkamp was narrating the entire thing made it so wonderful, because I adored her as Nancy and I love that she still loves and appreciates the franchise. It's a fantastic documentary, and definitely worth watching if you're a fan.

For things not related to specifically fiction, I do tend to watch various programs on the History Channel or some crime-related documentaries like Forensic Files or Lockup, things like that.

However, Aokigahara: Suicide Forest, which is a short online documentary about the legendary forest in Japan, has become a recent favorite of mine simply because it is sensitivity to the subject of suicide, and an understanding from the local Japanese man who regularly goes into the forest to search and help others. I highly recommend checking it out, if you haven't already. It is sad and heartbreaking, but also very educational.
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Denorios: angel lightdenorios on March 7th, 2016 10:16 am (UTC)
I've read about that forest - it seems so sad and heartbreaking that even in the midst of such depression and despair, in a way people are still reaching out for community, in choosing to commit suicide in a place like that, where others have before, where they know they'll be found...
Renée: Kahlan. Elegance.rogueslayer452 on March 10th, 2016 11:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, there is a bit of psychological aspect there when people knowingly go into that forest with the intention of ending their lives, knowing that somehow, in some way, not only are they among the place where others have, but they know that someone will find them. Whether it's to talk them out of it or, sadly, if they do decide to give into such despair. It's really sad and depressing, when you think about it. :(
rhoda_rants: crimson peakrhoda_rants on March 7th, 2016 04:21 pm (UTC)
Whoa. How do I not know about either of these docs? They sound amazing. Thanks for the recommendation!
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Spencer Hastings.rogueslayer452 on March 8th, 2016 12:15 am (UTC)
You're welcome. :)
Julie: AoT ★ in stillnessragnarok_08 on March 7th, 2016 05:36 pm (UTC)
I've heard about the forest and it just sounds so sad and just heart-wrenching...
Galadriel.: The 100 ✽ Flamessixphanel on March 7th, 2016 10:14 pm (UTC)
I watched "The Forest" only because Natalie Dormer was on it and it's when I first heard about Aokigahara... The movie was terrible, so I bet it didn't make it any justice, so I'll try to watch the documentary because it sounds so interesting <3
Renéerogueslayer452 on March 8th, 2016 12:13 am (UTC)
Even though I love horror films in general, even the cheesy ones, I refuse to watch that because I heard a.) it wasn't good and b.) because as a mere principle of the matter, they basically exploited something that is still a sensitive issue today since suicide in Japan is incredibly high. When I saw the trailer for the film I knew immediately what they were doing and it was in poor taste, imho, particularly when it was mostly surrounding a white woman. As much as I like watching Natalie Dormer in things, this wasn't the best role for her to explore the horror genre in.

This documentary is definitely much better at explaining and educating people on the actual forest itself.
telly telly bo bellylusimeles on March 8th, 2016 02:08 am (UTC)
thank you for answering my question! :) these look like great documentaries. i've heard of that forest so far, but it might be fun to actually watch the documentary on it some day - in a brightly lit room with a group of friends, naturally!
Renée: Inara Serra. Radiance.rogueslayer452 on March 8th, 2016 06:22 am (UTC)
You're very welcome. :) I don't often watch a lot of documentaries, at least film documentaries, but there are a few I have seen that I quite like very much.
night_owl_9: Xerxes Break - made for silencenight_owl_9 on March 8th, 2016 03:30 am (UTC)
Oh those documentaries sound fascinating!