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Scotland For Richer or Poorer

Scotland For Richer or Poorer

Economics

2014. The burning question right now for Scotland is: Would it be richer or poorer if it became independent, than if it stays with the United Kingdom? Is there a clear economic case for Scotland either to [...]

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Cops Gone Wild: Domestic Terrorist Edition

Cops Gone Wild: Domestic Terrorist Edition

Society

From the author - Every man, woman, and child in America needs to watch this shocking video documentary about the extreme police corruption the corporate controlled mainstream news media CENSORS from the public. [...]

Views: 679
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The Sacred Animals of the Pharaohs

The Sacred Animals of the Pharaohs

History

The animals of the Pharaohs were worshipped as sacred and immortalised in the stunning artwork. This fascinating one hour special explores the ancient world through the eyes of its animals. The animals of the [...]

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Peter Ackroyd's London: Fire and Destiny

Peter Ackroyd's London: Fire and Destiny

History

Author Peter Ackroyd explores the development of London, revealing how the city has managed to survive several devastating fires. Drawing on the writings of Tacitus, Samuel Pepys and Virginia Woolf, he charts some [...]

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Seven Wonders of the Commonwealth

Seven Wonders of the Commonwealth

Nature

A one-off special to herald the start of the Commonwealth Games.Some of the nation's best-loved presenters - Clare Balding, Denise Lewis, Anita Rani, Dan Snow and Reggie Yates - travel around the globe [...]

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Creation of the Universe

Creation of the Universe

Science

To get to the contemporary view of the creation of the universe with a beginning and an end, many beliefs and attitudes have undergone complete revolutions. Most scientists believe that the physical [...]

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The Pyramid Of Doom: An Ancient Murder Mystery

The Pyramid Of Doom: An Ancient Murder Mystery

Mystery

Documentary about the excavation of a gigantic pyramid from one of antiquity's most brilliant civilizations, the Moche of Peru. While excavating a temple called Huaca de la Luna (Pyramid of the Moon), [...]

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Inside the Megastorm

Inside the Megastorm

Nature

Was Megastorm Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing in intensity due to a warming climate? How did this perfect storm make search and rescue so dangerous? "Inside the [...]

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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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The Butcher Of Elmendorf: The Legend of Joe Ball

Crime

Joseph D. Ball was an American serial killer, sometimes referred to as "The Alligator Man", the "Butcher of Elmendorf" and the "Bluebeard of South Texas". He is said to have killed at least 20 women in the 1930s. [...]

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Whistling Smith

Biography

(1975). Whistling Smith is a 1975 Canadian short documentary film about Vancouver policeman Sergeant Bernie "Whistling" Smith, directed by Marrin Canell. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary [...]

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My Dad: The Serial Killer

Crime

Interesting serial killer documentary, which follows the devastation wrought in the lives of serial killer Levi Bellfield's wife and daughters.Matt Rudge's documentary examines the deeply personal [...]

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Making of the Gun - Tales of the Gun

Technology

Held by world leaders, outlaws, frontier men, gangsters, police, soldiers, and sportsmen, the gun has been a prominent fixture in many cultures for centuries. Explore the history of the firearm and see some of the [...]

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Far Out: Surviving in the Siberian Wilderness for 70 Years

Society

In 1936, a family of Russian Old Believers journeyed deep into Siberia's vast taiga to escape persecution and protect their way of life. The Lykovs eventually settled in the Sayan Mountains, 160 miles from any [...]

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The American Dream

Economics

The AMERICAN DREAM is a 30 minute animated film that shows you how you've been scammed by the most basic elements of our government system. All of us Americans strive for the American Dream, and this film shows [...]

Views: 2975
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Apologies of an Economic Hitman

Economics

John Perkins was a prominent member of the top-secret team of "economic hit men" who used fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, military coups and murder to create [...]

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Fast Food Baby

Fast Food Baby

Health

Our junk food addiction is dropping alarmingly down the age ladder and we are now rearing a generation of fast food babies.This arresting documentary reveals babies and toddlers eating a diet of chips, burgers and [...]

Views: 7230
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The Girl With A New Face

The Girl With A New Face

Health

In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 13-year-old Marlie is dying. Because of a rare genetic condition known as fibrous dysplasia, Marlie's bones are transforming into a huge growth, or lesion, that distorts her face, [...]

Views: 7961
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Food Matters

Food Matters

Health

- Food Matters (2008) - Food Matters is a documentary film regarding health, nutrition, exploring malnutrition and cancer causes, the Pharmaceutical industry & more. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and [...]

Views: 7710
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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. [...]

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The Demonic

The Demonic

Mystery

Documentary on Ghosts and [...]

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Modern Marvels - The Panama Canal

Modern Marvels - The Panama Canal

History

Witness an incredible tale of drama, history and action! The construction of the Panama Canal was one of the most daunting projects ever attempted. Part of Teddy Roosevelt's dream of making America a world global [...]

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The Fighting Lady: The Lady and the Sea

The Fighting Lady: The Lady and the Sea

Military and War

This 1945 film is a military documentary told from the point of view of the crew of the aircraft carrier the Fighting Lady - a pseudonym for the Yorktown. Scenes highlight the functions and duties of The Fighting [...]

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The Children's Ark

The Children's Ark

History

Researched, produced, written, and directed by Alexander Ostroff. Premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival. The Children's Ark is a docudrama that tells the incredible true story of Riley H. [...]

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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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