A List of Inspiring Documentaries

Last year I joined a new web platform about the nature of work in our evolving culture called Somewhere that combines what is best about Facebook and Linked In, and leaves out what is worst. What's nice is they offer what they call Provocations or Sparks that ask interesting questions about how you work. Today's question was: "What are some documentaries that have inspired you?". I was excited to share my list, because this is a list I am always working on. In fact, all I ever watch is inspiring documentaries, or Girls, or the new show I just happily discovered: Inside Amy Schumer based on the non-apologetic, raucous and sex-oriented comedy of Amy Schumer.

Each of these films was very inspiring to me in a specific way. They opened my eyes to fresh ideas, awakened my own artistic voice, or showed me a fresh spiritual perspective.

Here is my list of my Inspiring Documentaries:


  1. Marina Abromovich: The Artist is Present by Matthew Akers & Jeff Dupre
  2. Born into Brothels by Zana Briski & Ross Kauffman
  3. Mistaken For Strangers by Tom Berninger

  4. AiWeiWei: Never Sorry by Alison Klayman

  5. Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley

  6. Searching For Sugarman by Malik Bendjelloul

  7. Rize by David LaChapelle


  1. Connected, An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology by Tiffany Shlain

  2. What the Bleep Do We Know? by William Arntz, Besty Chasse, & Mark Vicente


What documentaries have inspired you?