Check This Out: The United States as Defined By Documentary Films

November 23, 2011
Source: POV

The United Sates of Documentaries

While most films aim to tell stories as a means of escape from the real-world, there are those that instead choose to take us to places we may have never gone and introduce us to people we would have never known. These are documentary films, and some paint such an impacting picture that people easily identify a certain location with the documentary film that put it on the map. Now the PBS documentary blog POV (via literally has that map containing poignant and popular documentary films to represent each of the 50 states in the United States of America. Find out which documentary defines your home state below!

Here's the United States of Documentaries from POV (click for larger version):

United States Map of Documentaries

While some are very obvious like The Grizzly Man representing Alaska and Area 51: Declassified in Nevada, it's interesting that Kurt and Courtney is the defining trait of Washington simply because of Nirvana frontman's contribution to music from the grunge style that came from Seattle. And while one might not recognize the location from the film, it's nice to see Young @ Heart be the film chosen to represent Massachusetts. As for my hometown area of the Midwest, Michael Moore's Roger & Me still nails Michigan in these trying economic times, American Teen is one hell of an accurate picture of Indiana, and Hoop Dreams is Illinois through and through. See the complete list of states right here. How does the map measure up with your home state?

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I just skimmed the list... but notice the only two Directors with two documentaries on the list are Micheal Moore... ...and Stacy Peralta.

Anonymous on Nov 24, 2011


I knew which documentary would represent my state within a millisecond of reading about this. Hoop Dreams, baby.

Leeloo Dallas Multipass on Nov 25, 2011

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