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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 [...]

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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 [...]

Views: 182
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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: 187
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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: 244
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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: 229
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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: 167
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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 [...]

Views: 176
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Marco Polo: Journey to the East

Marco Polo: Journey to the East

History

Leading historians and historic re-enactments bring the fabled journeys of the world's most famous adventurer to life. His epic adventures in the Far East remain among the most celebrated journeys in human [...]

Views: 194
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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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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 [...]

Views: 1102
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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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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: 1215
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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: 1668
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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: 28080
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A Hundred Orgasms A Day

A Hundred Orgasms A Day

Sexuality

A Hundred Orgasms A Day follow the story of 3 women who were tormented every hour of everyday with the need to have orgasm. This documentary explain how Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome or PSAS causes this [...]

Views: 14417
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Porndemic

Porndemic

Sexuality

In your dad's day, it was girly magazines, adult stores, racy novels and the x rated movie theatre - quaint by today's standards. Dad might not even recognise what it has become, A hardcore world without limits. [...]

Views: 20570
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Why Beauty Matters

Why Beauty Matters

Art and Artists

Philosopher Roger Scruton presents a provocative essay on the importance of beauty in the arts and in our lives. In the 20th century, Scruton argues, art, architecture and music turned their backs on [...]

Views: 65166
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The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Crime

The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. examines the details surrounding the assassination of the courageous civil rights leader and the years leading up to his tragic death. It's a [...]

Views: 909
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Ultimate Journeys: Antarctica

Ultimate Journeys: Antarctica

Nature

Imagine traveling to the most remote part of our planet - Antarctica, the last great wilderness. On board the World Discoverer, we step into a world that most of us can only dream of visiting. Aired: [...]

Views: 732
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A Hundred Orgasms A Day

A Hundred Orgasms A Day

Sexuality

A Hundred Orgasms A Day follow the story of 3 women who were tormented every hour of everyday with the need to have orgasm. This documentary explain how Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome or PSAS causes this [...]

Views: 14417
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After Armageddon

After Armageddon

Economics

Are You Prepared for the Impending Global Fiat Currency (U.S. Dollar) Collapse? Global Monetary collapse is 100% assured as a result of the nature of Fiat Money (unbacked currency units). History proves that every [...]

Views: 1828
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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, Louis Theroux 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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