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NEW!!! Watch your fave docs in a playlist. http://documentaryaddict.com now features an 'add to playlist' button on youtube and vimeo clip pages. Line up a list of your pick of documentaries and sit back for a [...]

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Guilty by Association

Guilty by Association

Crime

Alex has been charged with a murder committed by a friend in a spontaneous fight; Wayne has been convicted of possessing a firearm he never touched; Joseph is serving a life sentence for a murder he didn't even [...]

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In Search Of: Chinese Explorers

In Search Of: Chinese Explorers

Mystery

Did the Chinese discover America 1,000 years before Columbus? A look at the evidence that a Buddhist monk named Hu-Shen arrived on the American continent in 458 AD. [...]

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Dutch New York

Dutch New York

History

Have you ever wondered what New York was like before it was a city? The year 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of explorer Henry Hudson's voyage to New York State and the river that bears his name. As we celebrate [...]

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Blood of the Vikings: Last of the Vikings

Blood of the Vikings: Last of the Vikings

History

In the last of the Blood of the Vikings series, Julian Richards uncovers new information from the battle in 1066 between Viking warlord Harald Hardrada and King Harold of England that marked the end of the Viking [...]

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Blood of the Vikings: Rulers

Blood of the Vikings: Rulers

History

Julian Richards recalls how, after years of raiding, England's resistance was so weakened that, in the early 11th century, the Vikings were finally able to seize the throne. In other parts of the British Isles [...]

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Engineering An Empire: Napoleon: Steel Monster

Engineering An Empire: Napoleon: Steel Monster

History

For centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, French kings struggled for control against the church and the aristocracy and for European dominance. Chaos and bloody warfare rampaged inside and outside the [...]

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Wild Dog Diaries

Wild Dog Diaries

Nature

Wild Dog Diaries is a wild life film portraying the behaviour of wild dogs. The film traces the life of Krupakar, a film maker who wants to make a film on dhole but is abandoning the venture because it is elusive. [...]

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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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First World Problems

First World Problems

Society

A short documentary (< 10mins) about "first world problems" - by Hasi Eldib & Lisa Thomas. [...]

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2012 - Science or Superstition

2012 - Science or Superstition

Conspiracy

In this film the leading researchers, writers and scientists in the field tell us exactly what this date means to them, why it's important, and what we should expect. December 21, 2012: the end date of [...]

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Aokigahara - Suicide Forest

Aokigahara - Suicide Forest

Society

The forest is a popular place for suicides, reportedly the world's second most popular suicide location after San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. This popularity is often attributed to the 1960 novel Nami no To by [...]

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Collision - Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson

Collision - Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson

Religion

COLLISION carves a new path in documentary film-making as it pits leading atheist, political journalist and bestselling author Christopher Hitchens against fellow author, satirist and evangelical theologian [...]

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Digging for the Truth: The Real Temple of Doom

Digging for the Truth: The Real Temple of Doom

History

Thousands of years before the Inca ruled the nation now called Peru, a strange and unique civilization dominated the region. It was called Chavin, and its story is one of the most bizarre in history. Unlike the [...]

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The Swimming Lions

The Swimming Lions

Nature

Romain Dallemand- Documentary : The Swimming Lions- Botswana's Okavango Delta is a unique natural resource, one of the largest deltas in the world. Until 20,000 years ago the delta was a massive freshwater lake. [...]

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Twisted: Ivan Milat

Twisted: Ivan Milat

Crime

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A Place At The Table

A Place At The Table

Society

A Place at the Table is a well-reported documentary that raises important questions about the state of hunger in America culture. 49 million people in the U.S. - one in four children - don't know where [...]

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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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