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14 Great Documentaries Everyone Should Watch

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Of course, there is a charm in watching exciting science fiction films, romantic dramas, and unpleasant psychological horror. But sometimes it is good to break fictional stories with something genuine – like documentaries for example. With digitalization and streaming services, it is easier than ever to look at good documentaries, but finding the golden grains is not always easy. Here are some of our favorites you can watch right now!

Free Solo

Despite his friends and family’s vain efforts to discourage him, Alex Honnold is determined to climb the 910-meter-high vertical cliff El Cap in Yosemite National Park without rope or safety gear. If he succeeds, it will be the highest cliff wall ever climbed without equipment.

The Cove

An Oscar-winning documentary by former dolphin trainer Richard O’Barry, who struggles to stop hunting for dolphins in Japan, especially in Taiji, where the animals are regularly caught and slaughtered.

Mommy dead and dearest

In Mommy dead and Dearest, the notable crime case is investigated in which Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter Gypsy Rose were involved. A case that would prove to be one of psychology’s most controversial syndrome: Münchausen by proxy.

Amy

Although she has only released two albums, Amy Winehouse is one of the greatest music icons in British history. Amy Winehouse was a pop star with soul and cross-border musical talent. It contains unseen film material and unreleased songs.

Alive Inside

The non-profit organization Music & Memory, founded by Dan Cohen, does everything possible to fight against a hospital system that is weathering. The organization wants to showcase the music’s ability to heal and fight memory loss among people with dementia and people sick in Alzheimer’s, among other things. Alive Inside is a moving documentary that no one should miss.

Surviving R. Kelly

When the documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” was released in the US at the end of last year, it sent shock waves around the world. In the documentary, a number of women show up and talk about the abuses that the world star and r’n legend R. Kelly exposed them to.

Grizzly Man

Timothy Treadwell wanted to become the Bears’ best friend and protector. Therefore, during thirteen summers he went out into the wilderness in the middle of Alaska to live among the bears, resulting in his own death. The documentary is based on Timothy’s long-awaited video recordings of his time among the bears.

Koyaanisqatsi

In 2017 a rumor began about a new, groundbreaking music festival to be held on a private island in the Bahamas. It was promised luxury, beach villas, supermodels and world-class artists. The tickets were sold expensive, some costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. But when visitors showed up, they were met by simple little tents, cheese sandwiches and an organizational wreck. What really went wrong?

A Girl in the River

This short documentary was rewarded with an Oscar in 2016, and you can easily understand why.
The viewer may follow a young Pakistani woman who chose to marry her family’s will. She is subjected to a murder attempt by her father and uncle because of honor but manages to survive against all odds. In A Girl in the River we hear her story.

Paradise Lost: The child murders at Robin Hood Hills

In May 1993, three 8-year-olds were found murdered at Robin Hood Hills. Horrible news clips are wired all over the world and people wonder who may have performed such a bestial deed. Three young men are arrested; It is said that the murders were part of a satanic ritual and all three are sentenced to severe punishment. But the documentary still asks – were the right people sentenced?

The Vietnam Wars

The acclaimed 10-part long series on the most criticized and agonizing war in US contemporary history. The eyewitness’s own stories are interwoven with previously unknown material.

Leaving Neverland

In “Leaving Neverland” we follow two men, who at a young age were invited to Michael Jackson’s gigantic ranch “Neverland”. Outwardly seen a dream world for children of their age, but according to testimonies from these men today, another image emerges regarding their relationship with the pop star and his time at Neverland.

Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists

The story of two iconic newspaper reporters as well as New York columnists – Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill – who explored the human side of newsworthy storylines for 50 years, and whose pioneering influence on journalism reverberates today.

Virunga

In Virunga, we follow the people who risk their lives to save the mountain gorillas in the national park with the same name as the documentary. Animals that are exposed to both oil industry, poachers and civil war. A strong documentary that leaves no viewer untouched.

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