The London-born Asif Kapadia is the kind of singular documentarian whose adept use of found footage has brought into focus the worlds of both the Brazilian Formula 1 racing driver, Ayrton Senna, and the singer Amy Winehouse in his award-winning documentaries Senna, which won a 2010 BAFTA, and Amy, which won the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Next up he turns his lens on a living subject — the controversial maverick Argentinian soccer player, Diego Maradona.
Below are Asif Kapadia’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.
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The Autobiography of Malcom X
Malcom X with Alex Haley
An inspirational, life changing book about an amazing personal journey. I first read it just as I was starting college, and I’d grown up in a pretty poor, rough part of London. At the time I was heavily into music by Public Enemy and loved Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing. So listening to Chuck D and Spike Lee talking about Malcom X motivated me to search out the book as I wanted to learn about the man for myself.
The Buddha of Suburbia
This felt so personal when I first read it, laugh out loud funny. One of the finest books, or actually any art form, to deal with the complexities of growing up being British and Asian. It’s about family, London, politics, art, relationships and the fascination with Eastern spirituality. I always shared the lead character's dream of escaping to NYC.
St. Agnes' Stand
I love Westerns and always wanted to make this into a movie. I still do! It's the one that got away. A tight, taut, tense standoff, and almost impossible to put down once you start reading, dealing with differing beliefs in nature, faith, spirituality.
$201.77 Crime and Punishment
$245.86 The Better Angels of Our Nature
Bret Easton Ellis
$167.00 Play It As It Lays
$177.90 The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory Of Jack Kerouac
$201.83 The Dictionary
$159.79 The Argonauts
$133.84 My Uncle Oswald
$138.96 Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown & Illustrated by Clement Hurd
$144.73 Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America
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