If you are not into reading, documentaries are another source to educate yourself, they convey the reality whether from history, social events, science or biography. Documentary filmmakers have a responsibility to be truthful to their vision of the world without intentionally misrepresenting any topic. Documentaries not only give the world a better understanding of events in the past but also a glimpse of what we might face in the future.
Here are some of the must-watch documentaries to elevate your level of knowledge.
- The Mind Explained
Have you ever wondered what’s happening inside your head? Why do you sometimes experience anxiety, insomnia, fear, etc? Why do we sometimes get addicted to something? The Mind Explained is a documentary streaming television series of two seasons, season one is narrated by American actress Emma Stone, and Julianne Moore in Season two. It examines themes such as what happens inside human brains when they dream or use psychedelic drugs.
- How To Change Your Mind
A docuseries that is based on a book of the same name written by Michael Pollan, it consists of four episodes that give insights into psychedelics and teach people about consciousness, dying, addiction, depression and transcendence.
- Money Explained
It’s a one-season docuseries consisting of five episodes, that educates people about money and its minefields, from credit cards to casinos, scammers, student loans and gambling. The series tackles complex topics in an easy and engaging way, making it a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their financial literacy.
- Get Smart with Money
Most of us don’t know how to deal with money and get the most benefits from it. This 1.30 hour documentary shares some simple tips on spending less and saving more to be able to achieve your financial goals.
- A Trip To Infinity
Does infinity exist? Can we experience the infinite? In an animated film (created by artists from 10 countries) the world’s most cutting-edge scientists and mathematicians go in search of the infinite and its mind-bending implications for the universe.
- Athlete A
It’s a documentary that lays out the story of how, after at least two decades of abusing the girls and young women under his care as the doctor for the women’s program of USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for the sport, Larry Nassar was eventually caught. The title refers to Maggie Nichols, who reported her abuse to the authorities in 2015 and was dropped from the 2016 Olympic team shortly afterward. She and her parents tell their story in the film.
- The Minimalists.. Less is Now
Don’t you think that now is the time for less? Time for thinking about owning better than owning too much? Time to realize that stuff is just stuff. This documentary focuses on how your life could be better if you have eliminated the unnecessary stuff and only kept what you need through a story of two friends who demonstrate the benefits of living according to minimalism.
- Dirty Money
Do morals conflict with business? This is what you will know when you watch this docuseries that consists of 2 seasons. Each focuses on the global economy as well as business life and unveils the corruption and greed of global corporations. Each episode features the tales of legendary scammers, con artists, and barely-legal lowlifes who stop at nothing to bilk their marks of millions.
You will be shocked when you know how many big names are involved in corruption and extortion.
In conclusion, documentaries are a powerful medium that can inform, inspire, and entertain viewers. Whether you’re interested in social issues, history, science, or personal stories, there’s a documentary out there that can expand your knowledge and open other horizons in your mind.
With the various VODs that arise nowadays, it’s easier than ever to access a wide range of documentaries from around the world. If you are a newcomer to the genre, there’s always something to learn and enjoy.