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quick list: five inspiring and cheerful documentaries

I read the news today, oh boy. It’s all so depressing: floods in Pakistan, miners down a mine till Christmas, and the global economy in freefall for everyone who isn’t a millionaire. Is there any good news? Why, yes, there is. After the jump, five ten fantastic feel-good documentaries to cheer us all up. And despite the rage at the moment for documentaries we’re not sure are real, these are guaranteed, 100-percent true.
Young@Heart
The feistiest octagenarians you’ve ever met tour the world belting out choral rock ’n’ roll. You will never want to complain about feeling old ever again.

Wordplay
The enchanting tale of crossword geeks, who turn out to be some of the most honest, upstanding, and sportsmanlike folks you’ll ever meet.

Kestrel’s Eye
The beautiful, intimate film — about a pair of falcons nest in a 13th-century church on the fringes of suburban Sweden — shows us the world through the eyes of birds.

OT: our town
With no money and a cast of skeptical East L.A. high-schoolers, one ambitious drama teacher pulls off an impressive production of the Thornton Wilder play, and oddball, square-peg teens blossom in the process.

Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony
Guess what helped defeat apartheid in South Africa? Music. A rousing tribute to the power of music to fuel nonviolent revolution.



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