These eye-opening documentaries are sure to leave you emotional, stunned, and more informed about the world. 

Each of these Documentaries that premiered on OTT platforms this year make for an enlightening watch. End the year with these knowledgeable yet brilliantly crafted “Cinemas of truth” to end the year on an informed and aware note.

Social Dilemma 

This feature on Netflix took the world by storm. It was an eye-opener to the world of social media and how it influences us. This documentary with its narrative style will simply explain the functioning and the control of social media over us humans. Makes up for an interesting and mind-boggling watch. 

Bad Boys Billionaire

This limited episode documentary is based on telling the true and whole story of the billionaires, Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, and Subrata Roy, and Ramalinga Raju. The business magnates who made it up to the top and then there fall in the country. It highlights and tells the points of how tactics were played in their business agendas and manipulate the countrymen. 

Reason

This genius work by the laureate documentary filmmaker, Anand Patwardhan, will make you go through the actual truth behind the “myths” that are circulated as truths in this country. It makes for a gripping watch as it covers India and its biggest controversies in the name of religion. The different stories will leave you astonished and stunned. This true Cinéma vérité- Cinema of truth is available on YouTube.

Ice on Fire 

This documentary is an eye-opener on the topic of climate change. Scientists and visionaries in this film are seen working to reverse climate change and reducing its cause and effect on the world. Narrated and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, this film is a must-watch.

One Child Nation 

This documentary is an eye-opener on China’s one-child policy that was imposed in the country from 1979-2015. It’s the untold story of China’s policy by a new mother who explores its history and the effect on the parents and children because of this policy. The documentary is available on Amazon Prime Video.

Kashmir The Story 

The documentary is held true to the essence of Kashmir. This limited-series documentary is an insight into the conflict-ridden beautiful valley of Kashmir. Honest as a storytelling narrative, this piece tries to paint an observational picture of Kashmir. The title is available on Amazon Prime Video.

Diana: In Her Own Words 

With all the craze around The Crown, this documentary might be the truth you are looking for in understanding Princess Diana. It’s made from archival footage and personal recording of the Princess, giving you a more personal and candid look into her life. Give it a watch on Hotstar.

Free Solo

This film is a non-fiction adrenaline rush and available on Hotstar. It’s about a professional rock climber, Alex Honnold, who tries to attempt and conquer the first free solo climb of famed El Capitan’s 900-meter vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park. 

Robin Williams Come Inside My  Mind 

This documentary is the up-close and never seen side of the world’s most famous and inventive comedian, Robin Williams, portrait. Maximum use of his own archival footage and voice, it is a narrative in-depth of his life. Check out this tear-jerker on Hotstar

I am Heath Ledger 

This film is an intimate and personal look into the life of an exceptional actor, Heath Ledger. This tear-jerker celebrates his life and showcases the magnitude of an artist he was. The big names of the industry and his friends and family pay respect to him through this film. It also includes self-shot archival footage and is available on Voot.

The Trial/ The Edge of Democracy

This non-fiction is an eye-opener on Brazilian Politics. The documentary goes through the past and present of politics in Brazil and offers up a good look at modern democracy. It is a court-room drama that will keep on the edge and give a “behind-the-scenes” look at the leadership of Brazil. You can watch it on MUBI/ Netflix.

Beastie Boys Story 

This personal feature on the most famous hip-hop band is a walk down memory lane. All the member’s Spike Jonze, Mike Diamond, and Adam Horovitz come together to tell the backstory of the rock band. From archival footage to the recent live stage production, it encapsulates the whole journey of the group in this documentary. You can watch it on Apple TV Plus.

Guaxuma 

This film is a short documentary mixing animation styles and live-cation footage. It is a nostalgic journey down memory lane through the idyllic beach in Brazil. This story of loss and nostalgia is available on Vimeo.

The Last Honey Hunter 

This film is a short cinematic experience due to its cinematography. It’s about a community little known about. In the steep mountain jungles of Nepal’s Hongu River valley, members of the isolated Kulung culture for generations have risked their lives scaling dangerous cliffs to collect wild and toxic honey that’s in high demand in Kathmandu. Watch it on Vimeo 

Girl In The Hallway 

This short documentary is a moving story through stop-motion animation and narration. The film is about a 7-year-old Xiana Fairchild who disappeared from Vallejo, California in 1999. It talks about a neighbor’s guilt and the girl in the hallway, who was forgotten by everyone until she became front-page news. Check it out on Vimeo 

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