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Vicious Beauties - The Secret World Of The Jelly Fish

Vicious Beauties - The Secret World Of The Jelly Fish

Nature

The family of the jellyfish or medusae are not only the most venomous ocean inhabitants but also some of the deepest divers. Medusae have been found as deep as 8.300 meters. Their existence is paramount to the [...]

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The Gladiator Graveyard

The Gladiator Graveyard

History

Thanks to the revolutionary work of forensic anthropologists Dr Fabian Kanz and Professor Karl Grossschmidt, 'Timewatch' has been able to establish a detailed picture of how gladiators may ithave lived, fought and [...]

Views: 733
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Prophets of Science Fiction

Prophets of Science Fiction

Science

What once was just imagination is now real; what was once the distant future is now around the corner. The "Science Fiction" of the past has now simply become "Science". And the science of the future was strangely [...]

Views: 763
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Soviet Files - Leaders and Healers

Soviet Files - Leaders and Healers

Health

They say that there was a magic pill that could cure any illness and prolong life. But only the Soviet leaders had an access to it. Get inside the Kremlin walls and learn what the heads of USSR used to eat and [...]

Views: 466
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Al Smith's City

Al Smith's City

History

How the Empire State Building came to be and what it represents are intimately linked to how an industrial people tried to make a sense of order in the midst of chaos. New York has been called the center of the [...]

Views: 464
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Sex & Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau

Sex & Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau

Art and Artists

Britain's Art Nouveau heritage is excavated as cultural correspondent Stephen Smith unearths the bright, controversial but brief career of Aubrey Beardsley. On a mission to uncover lesser known stars of Britain's [...]

Views: 523
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Mystery Diagnosis - Shwachman Diamond Syndrome SDS

Mystery Diagnosis - Shwachman Diamond Syndrome SDS

Health

Shwachman-Diamond syndrome is a rare congenital disorder characterized by exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, bone marrow dysfunction, skeletal abnormalities, and short stature. [...]

Views: 325
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Syria War On The Frontline In The Battle For Eastern Ghouta

Syria War On The Frontline In The Battle For Eastern Ghouta

Military and War

Heavy clashing and fighting continues at the end of the Syrian Civil War. Heavy Clashes, fighting and firefights on the front. CONTAINS RAW FOOTAGE not for shock purposes, just for documenting. If you are a minor [...]

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Mike Tyson: Uncaged

Sport

1996 This is the inside story on one of the most famous and successful heavyweight boxers that the world has ever known. Along with the boxing action there is a look at his controversial life and legal [...]

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Paranormal Activity: The Real Story of Halloween

History

Halloween began centuries ago as a pagan holiday that honored the dead that warned of a netherworld of spirits and ghosts. Today, Halloween has morphed into a day for breaking rules, pushing boundaries and wearing [...]

Views: 1495
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Battlefield Detectives: The Gallipoli Catastrophe

Military and War

The Gallipoli Campaign, also known as the Dardanelles Campaign or the Battle of Gallipoli or the Battle of Canakkale (Turkish: Canakkale Savası), took place on the Gallipoli peninsula (Gelibolu in modern Turkey) [...]

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Medieval Warfare: Castles of War

History

The Medieval era was violent. Castles were built to act as power bases. Lands were subject to invasion. There was always the threat of war or land disputes. Armies of paid Mercenaries were available to fight for [...]

Views: 2567
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Empires: Napoleon Bonaparte

History

Napoleon Bonaparte Documentary about the rise and fall of one of the greatest military geniuses of modern times from his Corsican childhood to final exile in St. Helena. [...]

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The Top Ten Richest Druglords

Crime

Top Ten Richest Drug Lords gives you a look into the lives of some of the biggest kingpins of all time. Money was the top priority for these men and they did anything to keep the cash coming. The net worth of some [...]

Views: 1978
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Richard Ramirez: Born To Kill

Crime

By the age of ten, heavy metal fan Richard Ramirez was sleeping in cemeteries. He would go on to spread terror throughout Los Angeles, preying on ordinary citizens as they slept in their homes. The Satan [...]

Views: 2157
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Worst Serial Killers - Albert Fish

Crime

One of the most famous serial killers in the USA, Albert Fish carved up little Grace Budd and ate her over a nine day period. Favorite killing tools: meat cleaver,saw, butcher knife. Executed January 16, [...]

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The Golden Gate Bridge Suicides

The Golden Gate Bridge Suicides

Society

Filmmaker Eric Steel was shocked when he first read that an average of 20 people kill themselves by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge every year. He was also amazed by the lack of effort to prevent these [...]

Views: 23758
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Faces of Death

Faces of Death

Psychology

A mockumentary hosted by Dr. Francis B. Gross, a coroner. He is trying to show you the different faces of people while [...]

Views: 28543
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Capitalism - A Love Story

Capitalism - A Love Story

Society

Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story comes home to the issue he's been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, [...]

Views: 27059
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The Female Orgasm Explained

The Female Orgasm Explained

Sexuality

Magic? No, Cecile is a women who knows her body well, Cecile and 7 other women have agreed to talk frankly and help us, reach 7th heaven. From time in memorial, Daring women have stripped in public [...]

Views: 19085
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The Mystery of Rome's X Tomb

The Mystery of Rome's X Tomb

History

Historian Dr Michael Scott unlocks the secrets of a mysterious tomb recently discovered in one of Rome's famous catacombs. Found by accident following a roof collapse, the tombs contained over 2,000 skeletons [...]

Views: 1082
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UNGRIP

UNGRIP

Society

Ben Stewart and Dan Stewart, creators of Esoteric Agenda and Kymatica, focus the essence of this film around the journey through transitional and groundbreaking moments in a human's life.At a major juncture in his [...]

Views: 1042
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A History of Britain: King Death

A History of Britain: King Death

History

Simon Schamas acclaimed series spans fifteen programmes, chronicling a nations tale from the Iron Age to the present day. What causes and circumstances led up to the Reformation? Assess the debate surrounding the [...]

Views: 918
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Steve Wright: The Suffolk Strangler

Steve Wright: The Suffolk Strangler

Crime

Crimes that shook the world: Serial Killers - The Suffolk StranglerThe Ipswich serial murders took place between 30 October and 10 December 2006 when the bodies of five murdered women were discovered at [...]

Views: 1065
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Welcome to Documentary Addict - now that you've seen a fraction of what's on offer we hope you make this your place to watch free documentaries online. DA is manually curated for broken links so we hope you don't get disappointed when you go to watch the movie. If you do happen to find one though, send us some feedback and we'll get it back up asap.

What is a Documentary? The main purpose is to document reality into mediums such as film and television in order to maintain historical records and or, instruct others. In recent times, many good docs are found online in digital production.

There are so many top documentaries online here on DA. From famous presenters like David Attenborough, as well as major production houses like BBC, SBS, HBO and more, which have made up some of the best of 2014 and of course all other years that contain great films like Forks Over Knives.

There's a depth in these films that leaves an indelible impression on the minds of the viewers and can hold great historical value. The subjects range from generating awareness about a social practice to events in the life of a celebrity.

Watching a doc is like going deep into the subject to find a chord that touches the viewers. A story woven around facts that pulls at the emotional strings of the people is what separates them from other films.

A Bit of History

John GriersonThe word documentary was reportedly coined by Scottish documentarian, John Grierson DOB: 04/26/1898, around 1926. He was of the opinion that maintaining originality is better than creating fictional characters lending a real aspect to the subject.

The period from 1920s till 1970s gave these films a dynamic new identity with films made on different genres like romanticism, city life, camera angles and newsreels.

1920s – The Romantic Period

Made in 1922 by Robert Flaherty, Nanook of the North, showcased romanticism, even showing how subjects would have lived 100 years back. Walter Ruttman's Berlin, Symphony of a City; Alberto Cavalcanti's Rien Que les Heures and Dziga Vertov's Man with the Movie Camera focused on people within their environment.

Kino-Pravda or cinematic truth utilized the camera angles, like stop motion and time lapse, to portray reality accurately. Depicting events that had already happened, newsreels were sometimes staged during film making.

1940s – The Propaganda Period

By the 1940s, propaganda films like Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will, had taken center stage. Interestingly, it was commissioned by Adolf Hitler. Social and environmental awareness took over film making like Frank Capra's Why We Fight.

In Britain, Grierson and other filmmakers became known as a movement. Grierson, Basil Wright, Humphrey Jennings and other filmmakers combined propaganda and facts in an artistic manner with films like Drifters, Songs of Ceylon and Coal Face among others.

1950s – The Technique Period

The 1950s to 1970s brought technical aspects to film making such as portable sync sounds and the use of light with films like Lonely Boy by Pennebaker and Don't Look Back by Koenig and Kroitor.

Following Grierson's definition as creative treatment of actuality, bringing people closer to topics or issues by providing educational information or describing people in a factual manner is not an easy task. These filmmakers paved the way for modern documentaries which encapsulate various shades of subjects and treatments.

Today, documentary films and sites have their own dedicated viewership and their number is constantly rising. The popularity of the genre can be gauged by the fact that even mega producers like Harvey Weinstein have joined the world of docos. In the end, film making or even media as a whole, is sometimes expressing one's belief but ensure you keep your mind open and learn from the wonderful experiences that these stories bring. Remember to come back to DA and please leave some feedback or give us a like on Facebook. We hope you make this channel, your home to watch documentaries online
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