1989 Documentary Movies

Public list by WPS with 36 movies or TV shows/series

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Roger & Me(1989)

| 1h 31min | Documentary, History, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 127 votes)

A documentary about the closure of General Motors' plant at Flint, Michigan, which resulted in the loss of 30,000 jobs. Details the attempts of filmmaker Michael Moore to get an interview with GM CEO Roger Smith.

Isle of Flowers(1989)

13min | Documentary
4.0/5 (with 84 votes)

A tomato is planted, harvested and sold at a supermarket, but it rots and ends up in the trash. But it doesn’t end there: Isle of Flowers follows it up until its real end, among animals, trash, women and children. And then the difference between tomatoes, pigs and human beings becomes clear.

Directed by Jorge Furtado

For All Mankind(1989)

1h 20min | History, Documentary
4.0/5 (with 54 votes)

A testament to NASA's Apollo program of the 1960s and '70s. Composed of actual NASA footage of the missions and astronaut interviews, the documentary offers the viewpoint of the individuals who braved the remarkable journey to the moon and back.

Directed by Al Reinert - With Alan Bean, Alan Shepard, Bill Anders, Buck Owens, Buzz Aldrin, Pete Conrad, ...


1h 26min | Documentary
3.6/5 (with 10 votes)

Young male students at a local Iranian school are asked about their feelings on homework.

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt(1989)

1h 19min | History, Documentary
4.0/5 (with 7 votes)

On the eve of 1987's Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, surviving families and friends of people who have died of AIDS prepare panels to be added to a large-scale memorial quilt project. Drawing from the sea of names memorialized, director Robert Epstein focuses on the lives of six people. Alongside the intimate profiles offered, through news footage and interviews, Epstein puts the AIDS crisis in the larger context of social and government response to the disease.

Notebook on Cities and Clothes(1989)

1h 19min | Documentary
3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

Wim Wenders talks with Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto about the creative process and ponders the relationship between cities, identity and the cinema in the digital age.

Charles Manson Superstar(1989)

1h 40min | Crime, Documentary
2.5/5 (with 5 votes)

For forty years, Charles Manson has survived most of his life in what he calls 'the hallways of the all ways,' the reform schools, jails and prisons that have been his home and tomb. His thought was born in the hole of solitary confinement, apart from time and beyond the grasp of society. In his cell, he created his own world and speaks his own language: he has concluded that there is only the mind. From convincing his followers to move into the desert to train for the apocalypse, to leading a murderous crew through a string of devilish murders, you will see and hear from Manson himself of how he created a preconceived terror based on his philosophy of life. Manson claims that the so-called 'straight' world outside of prison is but an inverted reflection of the underworld in which he has lived. To him, the reality that presidents and law-abiding citizens accept begins in the hermetic alternate universe of criminals, cons and outlaws.

Directed by Nikolas Schreck - With Charles Manson

Wodaabe: Herdsmen of the Sun(1989)

52min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 8 votes)

Herzog's documentary of the Wodaabe people of the Sahara/Sahel region. Particular attention is given to the tribe's spectacular courtship rituals and 'beauty pageants', where eligible young men strive to outshine each other and attract mates by means of lavish makeup, posturing and facial movements.

Directed by Werner Herzog - With Werner Herzog

Heavy Petting(1989)

1h 14min | Documentary
2.5/5 (with 3 votes)

Celebrities and creatives -- including musician David Byrne, performance artist Spalding Gray, comedian Sandra Bernhard, radical activist Abbie Hoffman, and poet Allen Ginsberg-- recall their earliest sexual experiences.

Directed by Obie Benz - With David Byrne

Crack USA: County Under Siege(1989)

42min | Documentary

Documentary which aired in 1989 as part of the HBO documentary series "American Undercover". It was filmed in West Palm Beach, Florida over the course of eight weeks and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The documentary shows a cross section of abusers who have fallen under the deadly spell of the most addictive and affordable drug in America. Interviews with addicts and their families reveal that crack knows no socio-economic boundaries. Teenagers discuss the desperate measures they have taken to obtain the drug. The producers acknowledged the following for their assistance in making this film: Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office; West Palm Beach Police Department; Data House of the Drug Abuse Treatment Association © Half-Court Productions Ltd. 1989.

Directed by Bill Guttentag

I'm from Hollywood(1989)

1h 1min | Comedy, Documentary
2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

I'm from Hollywood is about the adventures of late performance artist Andy Kaufman in the world of professional wrestling. This film includes interviews with Taxi co-stars Marilu Henner and Tony Danza and interviews with comedian Robin Williams, wrestler Jerry Lawler, wrestling commentator Lance Russell, and Kaufman's best friend, Bob Zmuda. Other people seen in the film include TV host David Letterman and Jimmy Hart of Continental Wrestling Association. The film's title refers to a phrase spoken by Kaufman to the Memphis wrestling audience.

Directed by Lynne Margulies, Joe Orr - With Andy Kaufman, Robin Williams

I'm Almost Not Crazy: John Cassavetes - The Man and His Work(1984)

4.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Filmmaker Michael Ventura follows Cassavetes around as the actor/director labors on his final film, Love Streams.

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Goddess Remembered(1989)

54min | Documentary
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Goddess Remembered is a salute to 35,000 years of "pre-history," to the values of ancestors only recently remembered and to the goddess-worshipping religions of the ancient past. This documentary features Merlin Stone, Carol Christ, Luisah Teish, Starhawk, Charlene Spretnak and Jean Bolen, who link the loss of goddess-centered societies with today's environmental crisis.

With Starhawk, Charlene Spretnak, Carol Patrice Christ, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Merlin Stone

Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia(1989)

| 29min | Documentary
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Made as a relief worker's master's thesis, this documentary chronicles the difficulties of rebuilding a community in post-Pol Pot Cambodia.

Directed by Ellen Bruno

Climb Dance(1988)

5min | Action
4.1/5 (with 4 votes)

Climb Dance is a famous cinéma vérité short film, which features Finnish rally driver Ari Vatanen setting a record time in a highly modified four-wheel drive, all-wheel steering Peugeot 405 Turbo 16 GR at the 1988 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in Colorado, USA. The film was produced by Peugeot and directed by Jean Louis Mourey. The record time set was 10:47.77.

Super Chief: The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren(1989)

1h 28min | Documentary
3.7/5 (with 2 votes)

A documentary portrait of the late Earl Warren, the Chief Justice who presided over the Supreme Court during some of its most turbulent years from 1953 to 1969.

Directed by Bill Jersey

Joe Leahy's Neighbors(1988)

1h 30min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Joe Leahy and his complicated relationship with the Guniga people in the Papua New Guinea highlands.

Water and Power(1989)

57min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 7 votes)

Pat O'Neill, one of the most interesting filmmakers in America today, offers a dazzling reflection on the conflict between nature and man in Los Angeles, or the desertification of the city's surroundings due to its enormous water consumption. More interestingly, it is also a film in the age-old tradition of city symphonies: a film about LA's foundation myths and the dreams it embodies, about its history and (grim) future, its topography and ethnography. O'Neill uses footage from several classic films to recreate the several layers of meaning emanating from the city, juxtaposing images and fantasies and hardly ever allowing one picture to go untouched. George Lockwood's swarming soundtrack is likewise composed of conflicting languages, an elaborate work of plunderphonics in which snippets of sound stolen from movies collide with electronic soundscapes, contemporary chamber music, improv, and what not.

Directed by Pat O'Neill

50 Ans(1989)

A series of very brief clips celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Film Board of Canada.

Directed by Gilles Carle

Tong Tana - En resa till Borneos inre(1989)

1h 28min | Documentary

A Swedish crew trekked into the depths of the endangered Bornean rainforest to film this poetic documentary about the plight of the Penans and their most unusual ally, Bruno Manser - a young Swiss who has rejected 'civilization' to join the tribe and help fight international logging.

Directed by Jan Röed

Heart of the Angel(1989)

40min | Documentary

This film documents one day in the life of Angel station on the Northern Line of the London Underground in the days before its refurbishment. We see the ticket collectors, station manager and other staff as they cope with angry passengers, lift failures and cancelled trains.

Directed by Molly Dineen

The Making of Yaaba(1989)

34min | Documentary

Djibril Diop Mambéty followed and filmed the shooting of Yaaba, Idrissa Ouédraogo's second feature film. A documentary full of humorous anecdotes regarding the dangers of shooting in Burkina Faso.

Angano... Angano... Tales from Madagascar(1989)

1h 5min | Documentary
2.5/5 (with 4 votes)

Venerable storytellers recount for the camera and their listeners the founding myths of Malagasy culture.

Directed by Marie-Clémence Paes, Cesar Paes

North Korea: The Parade(1989)

4.1/5 (with 4 votes)

Defilada was made on the occasion of the 40th anniversary celebrations of state's founding in North Korea, which the regime intended to use to eclipse the 1988 Summer Olympics taking place that year in Seoul, South Korea. The North Korean regime invited filmmakers from countries then considered friendly (read: Communist), including People's Republic of Poland, which sent a team under Andrzej Fidyk. The documentary is primarily composed of declarative statements, as well as texts of North Korean newspapers and books. There was no author's commentary. Fidyk commented that he and his team were likely “the most disciplined” foreign team of filmmakers in North Korea, as they did not trouble the regime by looking under the surface - they were content with what they were given and asked to do. (Wikipedia)

Directed by Andrzej Fidyk

Strand, Under the Dark Cloth(1989)

1h 21min | Documentary
3.1/5 (with 2 votes)

Although his influence on the history of photography has been nothing short of profound, Paul Strand (1890-1976) remains a curiously shrouded and paradoxical figure. While passionately devoted to humanity, he was happiest in the isolation of the dark room. A pioneer filmmaker (Manhatta, Native Land, Heart of Spain, The Wave), he found the process of collaboration painful. Strand established himself in New York in the 1920's as a master of light and structure, with his now famous photo of Wall Street inspired by the forms and movement of European modernist painters such as Matisse and Picasso. His closeup portraits and landscapes were equally profound. John Walker's Strand.

Directed by John Walker

The Big Bang(1989)

1h 21min | Documentary
2.1/5 (with 3 votes)

Filmmaker James Toback poses basic questions in philosophy, such as why we're here and where we're going, to various celebrities and ordinary people.

Directed by James Toback - With Darryl Dawkins, Don Simpson, James Toback, Tony Sirico, José Torres

Adam Clayton Powell(1989)

54min | Documentary
2.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Handsome, passionate, and an electrifying speaker, Adam Clayton Powell rose from being the son of a Harlem preacher to being a powerful 12-term Congressman--but his many accomplishments have been forgotten in the wake of the self-indulgence, arrogance, and demagoguery that dominated Powell's later years.

Directed by Richard Kilberg

Fine Food, Fine Pastries, Open 6 to 9(1989)

29min | Documentary
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Examines the history of Sherrill's Restaurant and Bakery in Washington, D.C. How a unique restaurant integrates into the culture of the community.

Directed by David Petersen

How Hitler Lost the War(1989)

| 1h 7min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Through interviews with former World War II fighter aces, "How Hitler Lost the War" examines the theory that the German Armed Forces substantially won and then lost the war in Europe before 1942. That had it not been for the political and military mistakes of Adolf Hitler, the United States would have had to stand alone against a Nazi Europe allied with an even more powerful Japan, and face a future that is barely imaginable.

Directed by David Hoffman - With Adolf Galland

Kafi's Story(1989)

53min | Documentary

Shot between 1986 and 1988, Kafi's Story captures Nuba life at the moment before it was engulfed in the Sudanese civil war. Kafi, a young man from the Nuba Mountains in Sudan, is one of the first to travel north to the capital city Khartoum in search of money. Only when he has money can he buy the cloth for a dress and so marry a second wife.

Directed by Arthur Howes
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