Blood in the Face (1991)

If you ever wanted to watch a documentary that has no background narrative and that allows the subjects themselves to paint their own picture of how they see the world in all of its ugly glory, then this is the documentary for you. Blood in the Face is a film about white supremacy groups in North America, and features many interviews with various white supremacist leaders, and archival footage of others. And if you look closely enough, you will the [...]

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Little Dieter Needs To Fly (1998)

An excellent documentary about German-American Dieter Dengler who discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera. In 1966, Dieter Dengler was shot down over Laos, captured, and, down to 85 pounds, escaped. Barefoot, surviving monsoons, leeches, and machete-wielding villagers, he was rescued. Now, near 60, living on Mt. Tamalpais, Dengler tells his story: [...]

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Rastamentary (2012)

An intriguing independent documentary that focuses on Rastafarianism to an extent that has not been done before. The film highlights the fundamental principles and beliefs of this religion and ably explains how it has developed over the years and what it means to not only Jamaicans but also to the Rasta diaspora around the world. As the director Tahric Finn explained to me, the documentary “seeks to present an objective glimpse into the Rastafarian culture by speaking with some of [...]

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Salman Rushdie and the Satanic Verses Affair (2012)

An interesting documentary that highlights – in much greater detail than other attempts – the trials and tribulations of Salman Rushdie as he attempted to deal with the aftermath of the Muslim backlash against his infamous book. Twenty years ago, novelist Salman Rushdie was a wanted man with a million pound bounty on his head. His novel, The Satanic Verses, had sparked riots across the Muslim world. The ailing religious leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini, had invoked a little-known [...]

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Sun Tzu – The Art Of War (2009)

“In all history, there is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare. Only one who knows the disastrous effects of a long war can realize the supreme importance of rapidity in bringing it to a close.” – Sun Tzu (c.500-320 B.C.) The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise that is attributed to Sun Tzu (also referred to as “Sunzi” and “Sun Wu”), a high ranking military general, strategist and tacticians during the late Spring [...]

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The Filth and the Fury (2000)

A superb documentary that charts the rise, decline and fall of the Sex Pistols from their humble beginnings in London’s Shepherd’s Bush to their disintegration at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.  Director Julian Temple puts the band into historical context with Britain’s social situation in the 1970s through archival footage from the period. This film was seen in some ways as an opportunity for the Pistols to tell their side of the story, mostly through interviews with the surviving members of the group, footage [...]

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Recent Documentaries

  • Beautiful Equations (2012)

    Beautiful Equations (2012)

    Great documentary wherein artist and writer Matt Collings takes the plunge into an alien world of equations. He asks top scientists to help him understand five of the most famous equations in science, talks to Stephen Hawking about his equation for black holes and comes face to face with a particle of anti-matter. Along the way he discovers why Newton was right about those falling apples and how to make sense of E=mc2. As he gets to grips with these [...]

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  • Dear America – Letters Home From Vietnam (1987)

    Dear America – Letters Home From Vietnam (1987)

    A documentary film featuring actual letters written by American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines fighting the Vietnam War to their friends and families back home. News coverage of the war and archive footage enhance the first-person narrative by men and women who were in the war and some of whom did not survive to return home. Many famous actors were drafted in (pardon the pun) to read the letters as the footage of American soldiers in Vietnam are shown on [...]

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  • The Confessions of Robert Crumb (1987)

    The Confessions of Robert Crumb (1987)

    Recently immortalized in a feature film from Terry Zwigoff, this documentary — the only officially sanctioned film about his life — reveals the life of underground comic pioneer Robert Crumb. Crumb used comic books as a confessional for the perverse fantasies and visions that formed in reaction to a hostile world. As a child, Crumb avidly read and began to create comic books with his brothers-and ever since-his style has continued to evolve. He emerged among the hippies at Haight [...]

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  • How Violent Are You? (2009)

    How Violent Are You? (2009)

    In a thought-provoking and slightly disturbing documentary, former Conservative MP Michael Portillo investigates one of the darker sides of human nature. He discovers what it is like to inflict pain and is driven to the edge of violence himself in an extreme sleep deprivation study. He meets men for whom violence has become an addiction and ultimately discovers that each of us could be inherently more violent than we think, and watches a replication of one of the most controversial [...]

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  • Crossing The Line (2006)

    Crossing The Line (2006)

    A gripping documentary that focuses on former U.S. Army soldier, James J. Dresnok, who defected to North Korea on August 15, 1962.  The film centres around Dresnok’s history, highlighting his insecurity with America, particularly his desertion in 1962 to the DPRK. It also showed Dresnok in the present day, around Pyongyang (where he now lives), and interacting with his North Korean friends. Dresnok spoke exclusively to the filmmakers about his feelings about his childhood, his desertion from the United States [...]

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  • The End Of The World Cult (2007)

    The End Of The World Cult (2007)

    A ground-breaking documentary film profiling cult leader Michael Travesser, who claims to be the Messiah and believed October 31st 2007 would be Doomsday, with an event of apocalyptic proportions occurring at midnight. The documentary looks at the hold the 66-year-old Travesser, who has come to the attention of the FBI, has over his followers in the Strong City community as documentary film-maker Ben Anthony hears claims of teenage girls wanting a sexual consummation with him and questions whether his beliefs [...]

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  • Defamation (2009)

    Defamation (2009)

    What is Antisemitism today, two generations after the Holocaust? In his continuing exploration of modern Israeli life, documentary director Yoav Shamir travels the world in search of the most modern manifestations of the “oldest hatred”, and comes up with some startling answers. In this irreverent quest, he follows American Jewish leaders to the capitals of Europe, as they warn government officials of the growing threat of Antisemitism, and he tacks on to a class of Israeli high school students on [...]

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  • The Carlyle Connection (2003)

    The Carlyle Connection (2003)

    A revealing documentary about the international world of private equity banking. The Carlyle Group, one of the largest investment banks in the world, is based in Washington and has accumulated its capital mainly by investments in the defense industry. On their list of employees are people like Lou Gerstner (former chairman of IBM), George Bush Sr., James Baker III, John Major (former British Prime Minister) and Fidel Ramos (former Prime Minister of the Philippines). The Carlyle Group invests in areas [...]

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  • Genghis Blues (1999)

    Genghis Blues (1999)

    A moving documentary film that centers on the journey of blind American singer Paul Pena who travels to the isolated Asian nation of Tuva due to his interest in Tuvan throat singing. After a brush with fame and success in the 1970s, Paul Pena’s fortunes faded as he dealt with career and health problems. While listening to shortwave radio, Pena heard a broadcast of throatsinging, the Tuvan art of manipulating overtones while singing to make higher frequencies more distinguishable, essentially [...]

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  • Waiting For Superman (2010)

    Waiting For Superman (2010)

    An excellent documentary – albeit in a fairly polemic form – that forms a damning indictment of the public school system in the United States. The film also follows several students through the educational system, hoping to be selected in a lottery for acceptance into charter schools. This documentary generally received positive reviews and a tremendous amount of critical praise after its release, and while many critics derided the apparent biased nature of the film, the documentary as a whole [...]

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  • Better Living Through Circuitry (1999)

    Better Living Through Circuitry (1999)

    A documentary about the Electronic Dance movement of the 1990′s. The documentary is considered the first full-length film that goes behind the Electronic Dance scene and uncovers the culture it has spawned. The film presented aspects of rave culture such as empowerment through technology, the DIY (do-it-yourself) ethic, and the flowering of a new spirituality embracing transcendence through sound and rhythm. A cross-section of the techno subculture is represented as ravers, DJs and musicians speak for themselves about their music and ideals. Produced by [...]

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  • My Mum Talks To Aliens (2010)

    My Mum Talks To Aliens (2010)

    A light-hearted yet moving documentary about a “man of science” trying to come to terms with the fact that his mother firmly believes that aliens routinely abduct fellow humans. The debate about whether we are alone in the universe has never gotten so personal. Mary Rodwell is Australia’s leading authority on extraterrestrial phenomena, her son Chris Rodwell is a vet, a man of science and self-confessed alien skeptic – their relationship has reached a critical point and something has to [...]

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This website is dedicated to the appreciation of documentary films and TV documentaries from all over the world. While the number of documentary films and TV documentaries may not be as high as other sites, we strive to provide the viewer with a collection of documentary films that are selected in terms of quality - both in video resolution and in the quality of the documentary film itself. If you enjoy watching free films online that are educational, entertaining, enlightening and provocative, then we think you have come to the right place. We will continue to develop this website so that it continuous to be a documentry portal worth coming back to. We hope you enjoy watching these excellent documentary videos as much as we do.

Definition of Documentary

Documentary films constitute a broad category of nonfictional motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. The documentary has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.

(Source: Wikipedia)

A work, such as a film or television program, presenting political, social, or historical subject matter in a factual and informative manner and often consisting of actual news films or interviews accompanied by narration.

(Source: The Free Dictionary)