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Secrets of the Superbrands - Food

Secrets of the Superbrands - Food

Media

Alex Riley is on the trail of the global food and drink giants. What's so special about them? How have they penetrated our brains so we recognise them like members of our own families? Alex travels the globe to [...]

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Missing In Missouri

Missing In Missouri

Crime

The small town of Richwoods, Missouri is horrified when an 11 year old boy vanishes without a trace; then a second boy disappears.Film Duration: 43 [...]

Views: 903
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Living With The Atom

Living With The Atom

Science

1957. Man has found the energy of the atom. This doc explains the atom as the basic structure of matter. Depicts the birth of the atomic age from Alamogordo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki through the development of the [...]

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Silence of the Bees

Silence of the Bees

Nature

Winner of the prestigious Peabody Award, "The Silence of the Bees" explores one of Nature's most baffling mysteries: the disappearance of the honeybee! Beginning in the winter of 2006, millions of bees vanished [...]

Views: 500
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Megastructures: Deep Sea Highway

Megastructures: Deep Sea Highway

Technology

South Korea never constructed a submerged tunnel, but now tackles the challenge of building one of the deepest immersed highways on Earth.Film Duration: 44 [...]

Views: 677
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History of Convict Australia

History of Convict Australia

History

History of Convict Australia - DocumentaryExplore the history of New South Wales, and the convict colonization from England.Film Duration: 97 [...]

Views: 615
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Albino Africa

Albino Africa

Society

In the Tanzanian countryside, albinos are the subject of a wide range of superstitions. Many believe that white-skinned Africans bring bad luck and that they are immortal. It is also thought that their bones can [...]

Views: 487
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Black Mamba White Witch

Black Mamba White Witch

Nature

In the small African kingdom of Swaziland, the black mamba is a snake both feared and revered. During summer, these elegant yet lethal snakes turn up everywhere - in homes, schools and cars - and people are bitten [...]

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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 [...]

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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: 2273
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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: 1468
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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: 1819
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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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Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives

Health

NOTE: requires Flash to view :| Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that [...]

Views: 98396
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Tapped

Tapped

Environment

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the [...]

Views: 14917
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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: 28239
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H.H. Holmes - Americas First Serial Killer

H.H. Holmes - Americas First Serial Killer

Crime

Depicts the entire life of Herman Mudgett, AKA Holmes, and his castle of horrors. Also known as the torture doctor, Holmes designed his own building, complete with torture chambers, where he [...]

Views: 21453
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In Memoriam Alexander Litvinenko

In Memoriam Alexander Litvinenko

Conspiracy

It started as a possible case of food poisoning but within weeks turned into a grim spectacle of enormous political proportions: Aleksander Litvinenko, former member of the Russian secret service, died in his [...]

Views: 1001
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Hollywood and The Pentagon - A Dangerous Liaison

Hollywood and The Pentagon - A Dangerous Liaison

Media

The American Army's intrusion in Hollywood war films may surprise some. In fact, the U.S. Army secret services have had close ties with American filmmakers for several decades. The movie Top Gun, for instance, [...]

Views: 1808
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Mind Science Kept Hidden

Mind Science Kept Hidden

Mystery

DA user review: This is an excellent documentary apart from the soul mate nonsense. That really co dependant manipulative type of content does not belong with the otherwise brilliantly deep and beautiful quantum [...]

Views: 12319
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Gang War - Bangin' in Little Rock

Gang War - Bangin' in Little Rock

Crime

Raw and unflinching, this pair of award-winning HBO films looks at the death and destruction caused by gang warfare across the United States. With unlimited access, the filmmakers document the lives and culture of [...]

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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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