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Scotland For Richer or Poorer

Scotland For Richer or Poorer

Economics

2014. The burning question right now for Scotland is: Would it be richer or poorer if it became independent, than if it stays with the United Kingdom? Is there a clear economic case for Scotland either to [...]

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Cops Gone Wild: Domestic Terrorist Edition

Cops Gone Wild: Domestic Terrorist Edition

Society

From the author - Every man, woman, and child in America needs to watch this shocking video documentary about the extreme police corruption the corporate controlled mainstream news media CENSORS from the public. [...]

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The Sacred Animals of the Pharaohs

The Sacred Animals of the Pharaohs

History

The animals of the Pharaohs were worshipped as sacred and immortalised in the stunning artwork. This fascinating one hour special explores the ancient world through the eyes of its animals. The animals of the [...]

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Peter Ackroyd's London: Fire and Destiny

Peter Ackroyd's London: Fire and Destiny

History

Author Peter Ackroyd explores the development of London, revealing how the city has managed to survive several devastating fires. Drawing on the writings of Tacitus, Samuel Pepys and Virginia Woolf, he charts some [...]

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Seven Wonders of the Commonwealth

Seven Wonders of the Commonwealth

Nature

A one-off special to herald the start of the Commonwealth Games.Some of the nation's best-loved presenters - Clare Balding, Denise Lewis, Anita Rani, Dan Snow and Reggie Yates - travel around the globe [...]

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Creation of the Universe

Creation of the Universe

Science

To get to the contemporary view of the creation of the universe with a beginning and an end, many beliefs and attitudes have undergone complete revolutions. Most scientists believe that the physical [...]

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The Pyramid Of Doom: An Ancient Murder Mystery

The Pyramid Of Doom: An Ancient Murder Mystery

Mystery

Documentary about the excavation of a gigantic pyramid from one of antiquity's most brilliant civilizations, the Moche of Peru. While excavating a temple called Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon), [...]

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Inside the Megastorm

Inside the Megastorm

Nature

Was Megastorm Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing in intensity due to a warming climate? How did this perfect storm make search and rescue so dangerous? "Inside the [...]

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Will Work For Free

Society

What's the biggest threat to humanity you can think of? Pollution, disease, natural disasters, terrorism, crime, drugs...? But do we ever think about our basic life support needs? We usually don't have to because [...]

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Shocking Truth by Alexa Wolf

Society

(english subtitles). "Shocking truth" is a documentary, that was shown to the swedish parliament as part of a reflexion about free speech and pornography, from a Feminist perspective. It includes interviews of [...]

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School Bullies - Japan

Society

Feb 1996 "A lot of children crack up under the pressure and there are a lot of negative things that happen like bullying." The Hiranos' son committed suicide after he was bullied at a new [...]

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North Korea Undercover

Society

While North Korea's 'Supreme Commander' Kim Jong-Un has been threatening thermo-nuclear war against the United States, Panorama reporter John Sweeney spent eight days undercover inside the most [...]

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Interview with a Cannibal

Crime

Issei Sagawa murdered an innocent woman and spent three days eating her flesh. Due to loopholes in the law, Issei is a free man to this day. On the afternoon of June 13, 1981, a Japanese man named [...]

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Lord of the Rings: Facts behind the Fiction

History

The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English philologist and University of Oxford professor JRR Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 children's fantasy novel The [...]

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When Albums Ruled the World

Art and Artists

Between the mid 1960s and the late 1970s, the long-playing record and the albums that graced its grooves changed popular music for ever. For the first time, musicians could escape the confines of the [...]

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A World Of Pain - Meera Syal On Self Harm

Society

documentaryparadise.com Self-harm is spiralling in Britain. It is estimated that two teenagers in every classroom have been driven by depression or anxiety to hurt themselves. In this moving and sometimes [...]

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Boy Interrupted

Boy Interrupted

Society

Audio is English. Not only tells the story of a 15-year-old's death by suicide, but it also tells the story of a mother's anguish dealing with her son's lifelong disease of bipolar mental disorder. You want to [...]

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Bukowski - Born Into This

Bukowski - Born Into This

Biography

Director John Dullaghan's biographical documentary about infamous poet Charles Bukowski, Bukowski: Born Into This, is as much a touching portrait of the author as it is an expose of his sordid [...]

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BrainSex - Why We Fall in Love?

BrainSex - Why We Fall in Love?

Science

BrainSex - Why We Fall In Love, is an interesting documentary about the science and natural findings as to why humans fall in love. For centuries, love has been celebrated - [...]

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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 [...]

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John Wayne Glover: The Granny Killer

John Wayne Glover: The Granny Killer

Crime

John Wayne Glover (26 November 1932 -- 9 September 2005) was a British-born Australian serial killer convicted for the murders of six elderly women on Sydney's North Shore. Over a fourteen month period in 1989/90, [...]

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Horse Power - The National Museum of Racing

Horse Power - The National Museum of Racing

History

Learn the history of thoroughbred horse racing at the National Racing Museum. Produced for Public Television by Great Museums [...]

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Flying Monsters

Flying Monsters

Nature

Two hundred million years ago there was an extraordinary development in the history of life: an ancient group of reptiles made a giant evolutionary leap into the skies. In this groundbreaking, BAFTA winning, [...]

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The Ultimate Guide: Extreme Weather

The Ultimate Guide: Extreme Weather

Science

Sun, wind, and rain are basic to life, but sometimes the weather is more than just that. Sometimes it's stronger, violent. The wind becomes a tornado, the rain a hurricane. The Earth's atmosphere, for a moment, [...]

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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. Some production houses are viewed as respectable, some not so much - it's all a matter of opinion.

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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