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The Great Fallacy

The Great Fallacy

Society

Eng Subtitles. La Gran Falacia (The Great Fallacy) is a documentary about the political, economic and social situation of Puerto Rico. It exposed part of the contemporary history of the island and explores several [...]

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Evil Up Close: The Man In Black: Peter Moore

Evil Up Close: The Man In Black: Peter Moore

Crime

Peter Moore is a Welsh serial killer who owned and managed a number of cinemas in North Wales. He murdered four men in 1995. Due to his attire he was dubbed the "man in black". He worked hard to create a community [...]

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The Amish: Shunned

The Amish: Shunned

Society

Filmed over the course of twelve months, The Amish: Shunned follows seven former members of the Amish community as they reflect on their decisions to leave one of the most closed and tightly-knit communities in [...]

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Skateboarding in La Paz: Pura Pura Skatepark Build

Skateboarding in La Paz: Pura Pura Skatepark Build

Sport

In April of 2014, Bolivian skater Milton Arellano is reuniting with the endboss projects crew from Hannover, along with over a 100 skateboarders and builders from around the world, to build a public skatepark in [...]

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Engineering an Empire: The Aztecs

Engineering an Empire: The Aztecs

History

From the 13th century, the Valley of Mexico was the heart of Aztec civilization: here the capital of the Aztec Triple Alliance, the city of Tenochtitlan, was built upon raised islets in Lake Texcoco. The Triple [...]

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Engineering an Empire: Great Britain

Engineering an Empire: Great Britain

History

How did an island become such a behemoth empire? The Kingdom of Great Britain resulted from the union of the kingdoms of England (comprising modern-day England and Wales) and Scotland in 1707. In 1801, the [...]

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Engineering an Empire: Carthage

Engineering an Empire: Carthage

History

Hannibal's invasion of Italy in the Second Punic War culminated in the Carthaginian victory at Cannae and led to a serious threat to the continuation of Roman rule over Italy; however, Carthage emerged from the [...]

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Engineering an Empire: The Byzantines

Engineering an Empire: The Byzantines

History

Several events from the 4th to 6th centuries mark the transitional period during which the Roman Empire's east and west divided. In 285, the emperor Diocletian (r. 284 - 305) partitioned the Roman Empire's [...]

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The Defectors

Society

In a series of rare and harrowing interviews, defectors have told Sky News of their horrific lives inside North Korea and their extraordinary journeys to escape the country.The men and women agreed to [...]

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The Fall River Cult Killers

Crime

Robin Murphy & Carl Drew. Carl Drew was a pimp. Robin Murphy was, among other things, a prostitute. They were members of a so-called satanic cult. They were responsible for at least 3 brutal murders in the late [...]

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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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Gagarin: Untold Story of First Man in Space

Biography

The world's first Cosmonaut; everyone knows his name, but few people ever knew the man. Some say Yuri Gagarin's iconic first spaceflight was the product of immense good fortune. Others believe he was destined for [...]

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How the Universe Works: Extreme Orbits - Clockwork And Creation

Science

How the Universe works Season 2 Episode 5, "Extreme Orbits - Clockwork And Creation".Possibly the most important force in physics and astronomy, gravity plays a huge role in the building of galaxies, stars, [...]

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Homeless Fighter

Biography

Vyacheslav is 41, he's homeless and unemployed. He uses the entrances to blocks of flats as shelter from the cold and sleeps in suburban trains. He doesn't like his life but isn't ready to change it either. [...]

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Mutter Museum

History

Located inside the headquarters of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Mutter Museum has a wide range of wondrous and curious medical displays. These include the skeleton of the tallest man in North [...]

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Deadly Sins: Mother's Little Killers

Crime

A mother forces her children into a life of crime; family members commit an atrocity that remains a secret for three decades.Film Duration: 43 [...]

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Hell - The Devil's Domain

Hell - The Devil's Domain

Religion

The history of Hell begins with the story of a negative near-death experience, in which a man thinks he went to Hell after being declared clinically dead and before resuscitation. Following Lucifer's trail from [...]

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Killing Us Softly 3 - Advertising's Image of Women

Killing Us Softly 3 - Advertising's Image of Women

Psychology

To a great extent, advertising tells us who we are and who we should be. What does advertising tell us today about women? It tells us just as did it 10 and 20 and 30 years ago that what's most important about [...]

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20 Most Shocking Unsolved Crimes

20 Most Shocking Unsolved Crimes

Crime

Some of the biggest unsolved crimes of recent memory are also some of the biggest stories of our time. The fact that no perpetrators were ever found, raises these cases to legendary status. Unsolved Crimes counts [...]

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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 [...]

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Realm of the Killer Whales

Realm of the Killer Whales

Nature

Peering into the secret world of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest, Pitcairn reveals both these enigmatic marine mammals and the rich habitat in which they live. In the spring, the waters off British Columbia [...]

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The Book That Can't Be Read

The Book That Can't Be Read

History

The mysterious and centuries-old Voynich Manuscript was written by an unknown author, illustrated with bizarre, puzzling pictures and composed in a language that even the best cryptographers can't decode. Now, [...]

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Gifted Hands - Dr Ben Carson

Gifted Hands - Dr Ben Carson

Science

Gifted Hands. Pediatric Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson. One of the world's finest surgeons.Film Duration: 29 min [...]

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The Universe - Crash Landing on Mars

The Universe - Crash Landing on Mars

Science

What might happen if the first manned mission to Mars crashes hundreds of miles from the rocket that would take them back [...]

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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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