Two thumbs up to outstanding documentaries!

Posted: June 17, 2011 - 14:30 , by royal

Can’t make it to the ROM? Make some popcorn, pick up one of these award-winning documentaries related to our current exhibitions and upcoming programs, and have a movie date with the ROM in your own livingroom!

Touched by Water, a documentary by Tamás Wormser, examines bathing rituals and our relationship with water worldwide. It was screened at the ROM this week as part of the day-long Sacred Waters Forum.

Rob Stewart’s Sharkwater exposes the practices of shark fishing and highlights the plight of sharks and the health of the world’s oceans. Rob spoke at the ROM this week to a sold out crowd!

FLOW: For Love Of Water focuses on aspects of Water: the Exhibition by uncovering the extent of the corporate ownership of fresh water, possibly even in your own back yard, and the wastefulness of bottled water.

Manufactured Landscapes brings to life Edward Burtynsky’s stunning photographs of the impact of big industry on the world’s natural landscapes. From cargo ship hulls being dismembered on otherwise pristine beaches to rivers of bright orange waste from a nickel mine, his images are simultaneously beautiful and horrifying.

Dr. Mark Nowaczynski works to provide integrated home care for at-risk seniors so that they can remain in their homes as long as possible. His poignant photographic portraits of their lives are portrayed both in House Calls with My Camera, on now at the ROM, and in the National Film Board of Canada’s 1-hour documentary of the same name, available online.

If documentaries aren’t your thing, then pick up a couple of vintage Bollywood movies such as Garam Masala (Hot Mixed Spice) from 1972 or Ek Sapera Ek Lutera (One Snake Charmer, One Bandit) from 1965.