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ChocNitty
Aug 3, 2011


I'm enjoying this series of 45 minute documentaries on Youtube called My Shocking Story, that focuses on unusual and interesting conditions of individuals.

A child who doesn't seem to age:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkpkyI0v2Q4

A man with an unknown disease that makes his skin grow into tree like material:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x9vvKt7w2k

The man who inspired The Rain Man movie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoQiWY8GGeQ

A young boy who gives information about his supposed previous life:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFHWb7IuPno

A 7 year old surgeon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsNczyEuZJ0

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ChocNitty
Aug 3, 2011


Pilli posted:

Thanks for all the videos. I've watched this one first because I've heard of this man before. It's hard not to get goosebumps just looking at him. I was so focused on the science behind his condition that I fast forwarded through the "circus" scenes - plus they're uncomfortable to watch, so no loss. Did you find the end disappointing? Not in terms of the documentary itself but in terms of resolution of the story?

That episode was personal to me as I had a rare and unsightly skin disease that covered much of my body in my adolescent years. Even the team of dermatologists at Harvards skin disease research center couldn't find a treatment that did anything. But I lucked out big time and it faded away into adulthood. I still run into people I knew in high school and they are surprised to see me wearing a t-shirt and shorts. But of course I went through nothing compared to this poor guy who cant use his fingers or mask his condition.

The end of Dede's story is sad, but I understand why he decided not to bother with trying the treatment. He knew it would have been a waste of money and effort and not worth the side effects and disappointment. It would be a long winded rant to explain the many reasons why he has almost no chance at any kind of worthwhile treatment. But he made he right decision.

Cant imagine what being in a freak show feels like but at least he's having his skin condition making him money instead of making him broke.

ChocNitty
Aug 3, 2011


I am intrigued by the Juggalo. This is an interesting documentary about them entitled "American Juggalo".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXRAQyiqx-M

ChocNitty
Aug 3, 2011


This is a pretty good documentary about Andre the Giant:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxck08l_aFc

ChocNitty
Aug 3, 2011


*edit: I'm sure this series is mentioned somewhere back in this thread

I'm sure all British goons are aware of the Up Series, but I only just found out about it, and I definitely learned more about the british class system in two 45 minute episodes than anything else.

Filmmakers set out to demonstrate how much effect the class a person is born into has on the trajectory of their lives. So they chose kids from various educational and economic backgrounds.

The first episode they are 7 year old kids. The latest episode from 2012 they are 56.

Skim through the first, and last episode if you want an idea of how the series is.

Seven Up:
http://www.netflix.com/WiPlayer?movieid=70073793&trkid=2450709

56 Up:
http://www.netflix.com/WiPlayer?movieid=70265193&trkid=2450709

The series is now evolving past being about class, and is becoming insightful about what it's like to grow old.

ChocNitty fucked around with this message at 17:37 on Jul 24, 2014

ChocNitty
Aug 3, 2011


I really enjoy Nick Broomfields docs, for all their flaws. They're more entertaining than accurate, and its hilarious how he always ends up intruding on the key people his films are about.

"Biggie and Tupac"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x02bE_GzbJo


Not sure if this ones been posted, but this is a doc on how forest plants and animals are all interconnected. It showcases the clever genius of mother nature.

BBC - "The Magical Forest"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khaYeIpmePo

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ChocNitty
Aug 3, 2011


History lovin' geeks with Amazon Prime Video check out The Naked Archaeologist. No it's not about an archaeologist who goes streaking in supermarkets. But it's great for archaeology thats based on history and lore centered around Judaism, Christianity, the Bible, and the Roman empire.

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