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Must Watch Documentaries

In this time of crisis and stress, we all need to just relax and get through this in various ways. And what is better than sitting back and watching content online. Furthermore, content that helps us learn various values and lessons in life that otherwise we may never get to acquire. And for that reason, we present to you some documentaries which should be a top-level priority on your watch list. These were some of the most popular and well-received documentaries of their time. They have a quite vital insight towards their targeted genres or topics.

These times are quite difficult and hence to take away all the stress and tension. These are some must-watch documentaries that you need to watch. And see what these have to offer and have your opinion on these topics. Which may give you the required space and time to think about the same. Hence, take a look for yourself and look at what these all-time greats have to offer.

These documentaries may help you change your perception of various topics. So, let’s embark.on this journey and relive all these great documentaries again:-

1) 13TH(2016):-

Directed by Ava DuVernay, this film was based on the 13th amendment of the constitution of the United States, adopted in 1865, abolishing all and any types of slavery throughout the nation. The documentary is to depict slavery in the early times. And how still African-Americans are facing problems due to the colour. They worked on convict leasing for the state. She examines the prison and its industrial complexes. It provides an overview of these developed complexes that consume financial resources.

13th garnered acclaim from several film critics. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards. And won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.

2) MERCURY 13(2018)

This documentary is the story of the 1960s, about 13 women. These women went through the physiological and physical tests to go out to space. These tests were similar to the ones that the males had to go through while going for the Mercury 7 project. But, due to some reasons, the privately funded program was cancelled and the Mercury 13 never happened. They could have been the first 13 US women to have gone to space but destiny had a different opinion. This was not part of a fully planned NASA project as Mercury 7 was but it was almost carried out by one of NASA’s physician William Randolph Lovelace, who developed all these tests for the women.

This documentary is a descriptive analysis of the events through interviews with some of the women who give their insights as to why the program couldn’t continue and various other unexplained answers.


A 2018 documentary directed by Tim Wardle, this story revolves around the life of three people; Edward Galland, David Kellman, and Robert Shafran, each a part of a set of triplets adopted as infants by different families and hence separated. This is the complete description of their lives before and after discovering each other at age 19, including various archival footage, re-enacted scenes, and interviews as well.

The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling. The film was a nominee in the Best Documentary category at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards. It was also on the shortlist of 15 films considered for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, out of 166 candidates.

4) MAN ON WIRE(2012):-

This is a 2008 James Marsh biographical based on the death-defying stunt performed by Phillipe Petit where he walked on a high wire placed between the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center in 1974 for a full hour before being arrested by the police. It is based on Petit’s book, To Reach The Clouds, which was released in paperback with the title Man on Wire. The film includes both actual footage as well as re-enacted scenes with various close-up interviews of the participants as well.

The film competed in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Documentary and the World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary. In February 2009, the film won the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.


This is a 2015 documentary directed by Brett Morgen, this documentary is based on the life of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain. It premiered on the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It received a limited theatrical release worldwide and premiered on television in the United States on HBO on April 24, 2015. The documentary chronicles the life of Kurt Cobain from his birth in Aberdeen, Washington in 1967, through his troubled early family life and teenage years and rise to fame as the frontman of Nirvana, up to his death in April 1994 in Seattle at the age of 27.

The film includes artwork by Cobain as well as music and sound collages composed by him. Much of music and sound collages were released on the film’s soundtrack, Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings. A companion book was also released containing animation stills from the film as well as transcripts of interviews, photographs, and Cobain’s artwork that were not featured in the film.

These are just some of the best selections of documentaries that have received worldwide recognition and have taught people how to live better and also make it better altogether by learning from the lives of these people and implement their teachings in their lives as well. So, make the most of this time and have a look at these all-time greats.

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