There’s only so much that goes missing in the plush sets of high-end movies; some of the most disturbing truths of the world and some of the most delightful stories. Here we bring to you, the best documentaries of all times. One for each day of the coming week.(Or you can binge watch right away, too)
1. Life in a Day
1 day, 80.000 clip, 4.500 hours of video, 192 nations and three questions. “What do you love? What do you fear?” and “What’s in your pocket?” Life In A Day is a crowd sourced documentary wherein thousands of people from all over the world recorded their lives back in July 2010. Societies in masses came together to open up their hearts and dreams for the world to see. By the end of this 90minute documentary you’d know how strangely similar are all human beings to each other. You’d know that your colour, creed, caste, money; nothing matters when it comes to the purest of human emotions.
2. Keep on Keepin’ On
This one documentary actually took over five years to finish but once you watch it, you’d know the director’s hard work really paid off. This is a tale about the cultural/generational/racial/societal divides that the power of music can beautifully bridge. Touching to the very core.
This Urdu word literally translates to “as a blessing, or the breath, or the essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds.” This documentary is different and one of the must watch’s who are seeking their spiritual self. In a beautiful piece of direction, Baraka gives you an imagery of the rituals and traditions we all follow and shows how every culture is eventually a segment of the whole functioning. You will feel this documentary; not watch it.
4. Under the Sun
Released in 2015 this one is a pictorial representation of a family in Pyongyang, North Korea as their daughter Zin-mi prepares to join the Korean Children’s Union on the Day of the Shining Star (Kim Jong-il’s birthday). The conflict and turmoil of the girl under a rather strict government control will just make you realise how lucky you are and how easily you choose to not acknowledge your blessings.
5. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Well, this isn’t just motivational and a lesson-teaching documentary but also will help you awaken your morality and conscience. About a sushi master and his son running their restaurant, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is all about the work ethics that the father and the son follow. The bottom line is to work hard, move forward, achieve great success but never forget your roots and stay as humble and grounded as you could be. And, all above all, “love what you do, fall in love with your work.”
6. The Next Black
The Next Black actually opens up the dirt of the fashion industry out in the open; in black and white so as to say. The ambitions and the future of the fashion industry, the aid as well as the dependency on technology and eventually the contribution of the very industry to the pollutants are some of the highlights.
7. Girl Rising
This one is the most moving, inspiring and motivational of the lot. This film follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education. What happens next is an absolute raw journey, presented in a stirringly truthful manner.
8. (Bonus recommendation) Taxi to the Dark Side
Essentially a war genre, Alex Gibney’s Taxi to the Dark Side is all about the States’ policies on torture and interrogation processes. Aninnocent Afghan taxi driver was killed by American soldiers during his retention at the Parwan Detention Facility. The gory forms of violence and torture forms practised in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay are smashed as a reality check right into our bubbles of ignorance.