The following is a list of personal favorite documentaries since about 2004, a watershed year that saw the release of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11."  The list is constantly growing.  Suggestions are welcome.

5 Broken Cameras (a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of life in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements)
The 11th Hour (on climate change and other grave problems facing the planet's life systems)
99% (The Occupy Wall Street collaborative film)
Addicted to Plastic (on the history and worldwide scope of plastics pollution)
Ambassador (on the undercover mission by a Danish journalist to investigate the blood diamond trade in Africa)
American Promise (on two African-American families and the education of their sons)
American Teacher (on the day-to-day lives of public school teachers)
Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark (on the Bahraini uprising in 2011)
At Berkeley (an in-depth look at the world's largest public university)
Best Government Money Can Buy (on lobbying in Washington D.C.)
Best Kept Secret (on special education teacher Janet Meno)
Bidder 70 (on Tim DeChristopher, the college student who derailed an illegal BLM oil and gas lease auction in 2008)
The Big Buy: Tom Delay’s Stolen Congress (on the former Texas congressman)
Big Men (on the ventures of oil company Kosmos Energy in Ghana)
The Big Uneasy (on the 2005 flooding of New Orleans, and why)

Black Gold (on the global coffee industry)
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (on the rise of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s)
Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (on the Black Power Movement)
Blood Brother (on Rocky Braat and a group of children infected with HIV)
Blue Gold: World Water Wars (on the anticipated fight over the resource of water)
Body of War (on Tomas Young, Iraq war veteran)
Bush’s Brain (on Karl Rove, adviser of George W. Bush)
Caravan, Prague (on a bicycle caravan that traveled across Europe in 2000 to join protests in Prague against the IMF Fund and World Bank)
Carbon Rush (on the question: "What happens when we manipulate markets to solve the climate crisis?")
Cartel Land (on two vigilante groups and their fight against the Mexican drug cartels)
Casino Jack and the United States of Money (on the lobbyist Jack Abramoff)
Chasing the Ice (on James Balog's photography of the changing planet)
Citizen Four (on Edward Snowden, National Security Agency whistleblower)
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (on former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer)
Code Black (on America's busiest Emergency Department)
College, Inc. (on the "business" of higher education)
The Control Room (on Aljazeera, the Arabic-language news network based in Qatar)
The Corporation (on the “dominant institution of our time”)
Crude: The Real Price of Oil (on the environmental lawsuit against the U.S. oil giant Chevron)
A Dangerous Game (on the eco-impact of luxury golf resorts around the world)
Darwin’s Nightmare (on the multinational fish and weapon industry around Lake Victoria in Africa)
Detropia (a portrait of Detroit, a city teetering on the brink of dissolution)
The Devil’s Miners (on the silver mines in Cerro Rico, Bolivia)
Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield (on America's covert wars)
Drowned Out (on the Narmada Dam and the people of Jalsindh in central India)
The End of Poverty (on the true causes of poverty)
The Enemy Within ("a case study of America's response to home-grown terrorism”)
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (on the energy company that collapsed in 2000)
Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (on the healthcare system)
Every Last Child (on the polio crisis in Pakistan)
Fed Up (an examination of the obesity epidemic and the food industry's role)
Fire in the Blood (on how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996)
Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi (on the Taliban kidnapping of Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo and his interpreter)
FLOW: For Love of Water (on the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply)
Four Horsemen (on "how the world really works")
The Freedom Riders  (on a band of civil rights activists who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South)
The Future of Food (on genetically engineered foods)
The Garden
(on the community garden that rose from the ashes of the L.A. riots in 1992)
Gashole (on the history of oil prices)
The Gatekeepers (on the experiences of six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service agency)
Gideon’s Army (on three young public defenders in the Deep South)
GMO OMG (on genetically modified food)
Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (on the struggle to bring Guatemala's ex-leader Ríos Montt to justice)
Harvest of Empire (on the connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis)
Hot Coffee (on the impact of tort reform on the judicial system)
The House I Live In (on the cost of the war on drugs)
How to Make Money Selling Drugs (what else do you want to know...?)
How to Survive a Plague (on early activism to bring more awareness to AIDS)
If a Tree Falls (on the environmental group Earth Liberation Front)
An Inconvenient Truth (global warming as presented by Al Gore)
Inequality for All (the problem of the widening economic gap as presented by Robert Reich)
Inside Job (on the global financial meltdown of 2008)
Into Eternity (on the storage of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants)
The Invisible War (on incidents of violent sexual assault within the U.S. military)
Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (on the private interests driving the Iraq war)
Iraq in Fragments (portrait of post-"liberation" Iraq, shot between February 2003 and April 2005)
The Island President (on the effort by Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldive Islands, to save his country from the ravages of global climate change)
Ivory Tower (on the cost and value of higher education)
Kids for Cash (on the judicial scandal involving a Pennsylvania judge and privately run detention centers)
King Leopold’s Ghost (on the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the continuing legacy of colonialism)
LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton (on the impoverished life of residents in the American South)
The Last Mountain (on mountain top removal in the valleys of Appalachia)
Legacy (on the Collins family, residents of a crime-filled Chicago neighborhood)
Let Fury Have the Hour (on the responses of artists, thinkers, and activists to the political climate of the 1980s)
Life and Debt (on Jamaica and the impact of the IMF, World Bank, and other international lending agencies)
Manufactured Landscapes (on 
Edward Burtynsky photography documenting industrial landscapes)
Merchants of Doubt (on how a cadre of influential scientists clouded public understanding of scientific facts)
Meeting Resistance (on eleven Iraqi resistance fighters in the Adhamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad)
Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (on the history of the Federal Reserve)
More than Honey (on the world's declining bee population and what it may mean)
The Most Dangerous Man in America (on Daniel Ellsberg and the leaking of the Pentagon Papers)
My Country, My Country (Iraq on the eve of the January 2005 elections)
Narco Cultura (the cycle of addiction to money, drugs and violence surrounding the war on drugs)
No End in Sight (on the U.S. war in Iraq)
Occupy (on the Occupy Wall Street movement)
One Percent (on the growing wealth gap between the wealthy elite and the overall citizenry in the United States)
Our Daily Bread (on food processing)
Out of the Clear Blue Sky (on the effects of 9/11 on the firm Cantor Fitzgerald)
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism (on the Fox News Channel)
Pandora’s Promise (on the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear energy)
The Pit (on the New York Board of Trade)
A Place at the Table (on the issue of hunger)
Planet: Rethink (on the misuse and excess consumption of natural resources)
The Price of Sugar (on the exploitation of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic involved with production of sugar)
Programming the Nation (on subliminal messaging)
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (on the 2002 coup that temporarily overthrew Hugo Chavez, democratically elected president of Venezuela)
A River of Waste (on the health and environmental problems with factory farms)
Roadmap to Apartheid (on the apartheid analogy commonly used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict)
Runaway Slave (modern slavery as presented by
Rev. C.L. Bryant)
Shadows of Liberty (on censorship, cover-ups, and corporate control in the news media
Shock Doctrine ("disaster capitalism" as presented by Naomi Klein)
Sick for Profit (on the CEOs of the five largest health insurance companies)
Silenced (on three national security whistleblowers)
So Goes the Nation (on the 2004 United States presidential election between John Kerry and George W. Bush)
South of the Border (on social and political movements in South America)
The Square (on the Egyptian revolution)
Street Fight (on the 2002 mayoral race in Newark, New Jersey)
Surviving Progress (on the impact of progress on civilization)
In Tahrir Square (on the Egyptian revolution)
Terms and Conditions May Apply (on the erosion of online privacy)
The Tillman Story (on the death of football player turned U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman)
Trace Amounts (on the role of mercury poisoning in the Autism epidemic)
Trouble the Water (on Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans)
The True Cost (on clothes, the people who make them and the impact it's having on the world)
Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War (on the push for the Iraq war by the Bush administration in 2003)
Under the Influence (on "big money" in politics)
Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars (on the impact of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere)
Unraveled (on the
securities and money fraud schemes orchestrated by New York attorney Marc Dreier)
An Unreasonable Man (on the activist and consumer advocate Ralph Nader)
Virunga (on the effort to save the last of the world's mountain gorillas in Africa's oldest national park)
Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price (on Walmart's business practices and its effect on individuals and communities)
The Wall (on the wall built by the Israeli government to enclose the Palestine regions of Israel)
Wartorn 1861-2010 (on post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from combat)
War Photographer (on the photojournalist James Nachtwey)
Waste Land (on Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest garbage landfill)
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks)
The Weather Underground (on the rise and fall of the radical organization The Weathermen)
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (on Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans)
Which Way Home (on the endeavor of several Mexican children to emigrate to the United States)
Who Killed the Electric Car? (on the creation and ultimate demise of the battery electric vehicle)
Why We Fight (on the “military-industrial complex”)
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
(on the civil-rights lawyer and activist)
WMD: Weapon of Mass Deception (on media coverage of the war in Iraq)