A documentary is a non-fictional film that documents reality for historical, educational, and instructional purposes. Documentaries are very educational and informative. They are most times used in schools as educational material. There are a lot of documentaries produced overtime which are a good watch.
According to the legendary filmmaker, Albert Maysles, the essence of filming a documentary is to depict someone going through something she for the viewer to experience it as well by watching it. Documentaries have different genres, ranging from crime series, lives of artists, animal life, and right down to family life.
Here are some good picks:
1. Planet Earth II
This documentary is available on Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and SkyGo. It is narrated by David Attenborough and it is about the state of the planet. It also captures the role we have played in its decline. You’d be able to see the world ranging from everything about climate change, ocean life, and so on.
2. Pandemic: How to prevent an outbreak
This is a Netflix documentary and it follows the story of Isabel Castro who last year, made a research on past influenzas, present, and the future. She forecasted that the next pandemic to hit the world will take over the world in about three months or less. She spent time with two scientists to explain why vaccines for such a pandemic would be difficult to produce. Not too long after the documentary release, Covid-19 hit the world, and Isabel’s research was a valuable guide in crisis.
If you are a new parent or you are expecting a baby, you’d like to see this documentary. It is available on Netflix and follows up 15 families from across the world on how they got through their baby’s first year. There’s a lot to learn from this documentary about bonding with your baby, sleep, speech, food, and lots more. Babies is a documentary on a parent’s guide to reading the mind of a baby.
4. What Happened, Miss Simone?
This documentary follows the life of activist, singer, and songwriter Nina Simone. Watch her early years as a musician to her rise in stardom and her struggle she faced as an activist in the United States. You can watch this on Netflix.
This is a film from Ava DuVernay that shows the evolution of the US criminal justice system and how it allowed for a modern form of legalized slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution outlaws slavery except when used as punishment for a crime. The films examine how racists in the US oppressed Black Americans.
- Paris is Burning
- OJ: Made In America
- Three Identical Strangers
- Going Clear
- Faces Places
- Hoop Dreams
- The Keepers
- Minding The Gap
- Grey Gardens
- Stories We Tell
All these are very good documentaries that you should watch. Most of them are available on Netflix, which makes it easier.