Documentaries You Need To Watch
Here is a list of documentaries that leave a lasting impression!
The Imposter is one of those stories that you can’t shake after watching it. To sum it up, a 13-year-old kid from Texas goes missing and then reappeared three years later. But there is something not quite right and the plot thickens as the movie progresses.
There are plot twists around every corner and at the end of the film you’ll think twice about the people around you.
This movie is filled with ridiculously creepy characters and by the end of the documentary you’ll wonder how the heck all of this happened.
This documentary is based on a legend from Staten Island. The legend of Crospey which still haunts the residents to this day.
According to the locals, Crospey escaped from a mental institution and stalks the area around the abandoned Willowbrook Mental Institution to snatch small children. Although this might sound like a horror story, sometimes reality is stranger than fiction.
The Central Park Five
The Central Park Five is a documentary about the Central Park Jogger Case. This documentary was released back in 2012 and had huge ramifications after it came out.
The Central Park jogger case involved the violent assault and rape of Trisha Miili, a 28 year old female jogger, in Central Park in New York City on April 19, 1989. The attack left her in a coma for 12 days.
The documentary discusses the background, interviews, expert analysis and details about the facts of the case to convict the five suspects.
The documentary’s director had hoped that the film would help the city and the public see the injustices that were done in the prosecution of this case. This documentary shows how people will believe in the media’s story, regardless of the cold hard evidence.
The Hunting Ground
The Hunting Ground is a documentary film about the incidences of sexual assault on college campuses in the United States and the failure of college administrations to deal with these cases.
Written by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering, this film has caused even the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, to bring public awareness to these issues.
Lady Gaga recorded an original song “Til It happens To You” for the film, which won critical acclaim among fans and critics, especially after her Academy Awards performance with the survivors discussed int his film.
This documentary will leave you asking why universities and colleges alike are not protecting their students and what can be done to stop this in the future.
Killer Legends is a 2014 documentary written and directed by Joshua Zeman. Along with researcher Rachel Mills, they investigate the real-life origins of several common urban legends.
They trace urban legends to their source we find out as the movie progress that not all urban legend are fabrications from our imaginations. Some are drawn from real-life nightmares.
Don’t Google this film. It’s best to go into Dear Zachary knowing as little about what happens as possible. Once you watch it, it is hard to shake and leaves a lasting image of a broken system in your mind.
This documentary is about a man named Dr. Andrew Bagby, his ex-lover and his son. This documentary might be one of the saddest movies I have watched to date and honestly you wonder how laws that aim to protect people fail so often. Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne juxtaposes the story with home movies and video interviews.
How to Die in Oregon
How to Die in Oregon is a 2011 American documentary set in Oregon. This film discusses the state’s Death with Dignity Act that would allow terminally ill patients to self-administer medication prescribed by their physician to end their own life.
Currently in Canada, there have been numerous court cases that have pushed for physician-assisted suicide and this documentary highlights the political, ethical and personal reasons about the right to die.
Blackfish is a documentary concerning the captivity of orcas around the world, especially at SeaWorld.
In particular, this documentary focuses on Tilikum, an orca involved in the deaths of three individuals while living in captivity.
Blackfish is harrowing to say the least and makes you realize just how dangerous it is to keep animals in captivity. “If you were in a bathtub for 25 years, don’t you think you’d get a little psychotic?”
The Bridge is an important movie that people tend to feel squeamish about. A filmmaker decided to record the happenings on the Golden Gate Bridge for a year.
To the filmmaker’s recording he found that on average, one person every 15 days turned up to commit suicide. This documentary shares some of that footage as well as interviews with their relatives and friends to help provide context into the person themselves.
It’s a documentary that is not only grim but powerful as to why people take the jump and what needs to be done in terms of helping people.
Think the Internet is just blogs and surfing Facebook? This documentary discusses a love triangle that takes place completely online until it leads to a real crime. Intrigued? This film will have you guessing at every turn and make you wonder who is actually talking online. Can you actually be safe?
Waiting For Superman
This documentary portrays the broken American school system. This hugely powerful topic comes from director David Guggenheim (who also made An Inconvenient Truth), and even though it is US based, this is an important topic nonetheless.
This documentary helps the viewer to understand how the school system is broken and are there really bad schoolteachers?
The Invisible War
This documentary was ground-breaking to say the least. Kirby Dick (who later went on to make The Hunting Ground) created a documentary about Military sexual assault leaves you speechless.
Back in 2010, 108, 121 veterans in the United States screen positive for military sexual trauma. Also in 2010, The Department of Defense processed reports of 3,198 new assaults but estimated the actual number of assaults to be closer to 19,000. However, these reports only resulted in convictions against 244 perpetrators.
The Cove is a documentary made in 2009. It analyzes and questions dolphin-hunting practices in Japan.
This film highlighted a relatively unknown problem in Japan and helped inform and educate the public about the risks.
This film argues that dolphin hunting as practiced in Japan is very cruel and unnecessary. In 2010, this documentary was awarded an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It also has won numerous awards due to the subject matter of the documentary.
It’s a Girl: The Three Deadliest Words in the World
It’s a Girl is a 2012 documentary film which explores the practice of female infanticide. The focus of this documentary film is primarily on India and China.
The United Nations have estimated that up to 200 million females are “missing” today, mostly from India and China. Due to China’s former one-child policy and India’s dowry system, female infanticide is set as a cultural normal. It’s a Girl, will make you hug your children, especially your daughters.