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Caine's Arcade

Caine's Arcade

Society

Short doc. I went to buy a doorhandle for my car and met this 9 year old boy who built an elaborate cardboard arcade in his dad's auto parts store. He invited me to play.9-year-old Caine Monroy spent his [...]

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Caine's Arcade Chapter 2: From a Movie to a Movement

Caine's Arcade Chapter 2: From a Movie to a Movement

Society

After "Caine's Arcade" went viral, we started the Imagination Foundation & launched a Global Cardboard Challenge to foster creativity, play, and imagination in kids everywhere. The followup to Caine's [...]

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Hot Coffee

Hot Coffee

Society

2014. Hot Coffee: How the infamous McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit and similar cases were exploited as part of a right wing crusade to weaken civil justice. Seinfeld mocked it. Letterman ranked it in his top ten [...]

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Twisted Minds: Fascination of Serial Killers

Twisted Minds: Fascination of Serial Killers

Crime

A documentary on the fascination and psychology of psychopaths, including serial killers. Come face to face with some of the most infamous psychopaths of all time. Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Charles Manson and [...]

Views: 597
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Killing Spree - Columbine Massacre

Killing Spree - Columbine Massacre

Crime

In 1999, students Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold would embark on a massacre that would make American criminal history.. the terrific “Killing Spree‘ documentary series takes a look back at the tragic events & [...]

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Hunting the Edge of Space

Hunting the Edge of Space

Science

NOVA examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe. What began as a curiosity—two spectacle lenses held a foot apart—ultimately [...]

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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Art and Artists

Andy was born August 6th 1928, in a two-room shanty in a ghetto of Pittsburgh. The family were Russian immigrants leaving poverty and the threatening of conscription. The youngest of three boys, Andy had 3 nervous [...]

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The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Biography

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding [...]

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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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My Small Breasts and I

My Small Breasts and I

Sexuality

My Small Breasts and I uncovers the complex, poignant, and sometimes amusing relationship women have with their tiny breasts.Talking candidly, three women reveal how they really feel about their own bodies and the [...]

Views: 13027
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A War on Science

A War on Science

Science

When Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution nearly 150 years ago, he shattered the dominant belief of his day - that humans were the product of divine creation. Through his observations of nature, Darwin [...]

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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 [...]

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CIA's Secret Experiments MK Ultra

CIA's Secret Experiments MK Ultra

Conspiracy

Project MKUltra, or MK-Ultra, was a covert, illegal human research program into behavioral modification run by the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) Office of Scientific Intelligence. The program began in the [...]

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The Truth About Online Anorexia

The Truth About Online Anorexia

Health

Pro-ana sites encourage anorexia as a life-style choice. They're a source of 'thinspiration' to people afflicted with eating disorders, and include pictures of super-skinny celebrities as well as hints and tips [...]

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9/11 Revisited, Were Explosives Used?

9/11 Revisited, Were Explosives Used?

9/11

September 11th Revisited is perhaps the most riveting film ever made about the destruction of the World Trade Center. This is a powerful documentary which features eyewitness accounts and archived news [...]

Views: 1089
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We Are Wizards

We Are Wizards

Society

This magical documentary looks at Harry Potter fans and the musical acts inspired by the [...]

Views: 874
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McLibel

McLibel

Health

McLibel is the story of two ordinary people who humiliated McDonald's in the biggest corporate PR disaster in history. McDonald's loved using the UK libel laws to suppress criticism. Major media organizations [...]

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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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