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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 [...]

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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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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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The Biggest Secret of Mankind: The Clementine Conspiracy a.k.a. Project Golden Dragon

The Biggest Secret of Mankind: The Clementine Conspiracy a.k.a. Project Golden Dragon

Conspiracy

From the Author: This project is based on a personal "theory" about a major conspiracy by the US Department of Defense, a whistle-blower who left cryptographic clues and finally complete exposure of the [...]

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Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends - Porn

Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends - Porn

Art and Artists

This episode offers a look at very different sides of the porn industry, as Louis interviews both male and female stars. He reveals the problems a lot of porn actors face, be it not getting a job in straight films [...]

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Zombie Apocalypse 2012

Zombie Apocalypse 2012

Crime

Over an hour of collected video clips related to the so-called Zombie Apocalypse in 2012. Cannibal attacks have been occurring in close succession in America. Severed body parts, faces bitten off. Are drugs to [...]

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Marie Antoinette - The Last Queen of France

Marie Antoinette - The Last Queen of France

History

Marie Antoinette, the young and beautiful Austrian princess who was strategically married into the most prestigious monarchy in Europe, was to become the symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century [...]

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Riot Night

Riot Night

Society

Riot Night is a documentary film detailing filmmakers' experiences of the 2011 England [...]

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Nazi America A Secret History

Nazi America A Secret History

Society

Nazi America A Secret History - This is a fascinating story about the history of Nazism in the United States, from the 1930s through the early 2000s. There is excellent archival footage here, and lots of [...]

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Paranormal America - Unexplained Mysteries

Paranormal America - Unexplained Mysteries

Mystery

Four men become abducted during camping trip; the psychic cop discovers the ghostly truth about Alcatraz revealed.Film Duration: 42 [...]

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PUNK: Attitude

PUNK: Attitude

Art and Artists

This documentary is filled with footage of great bands and interviews with some key players in what has probably been the largest music revolution ever. Punk rock shattered the challenged the status quo and [...]

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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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