Documenting reality, that’s what the art of documentary movies means. Entirely different from the world of commercial masala movies, the world of documentary movies gain its substance by intermixing the reality with art and coming to a conclusion which allows us to draw a message or lesson coming from some real life examples.
There are many documentaries which are worth missing any commercial movie making millions on box office. These movies leave you with some thoughts to ponder upon and more importantly to act accordingly.
Below enlisted are top 10 documentary movies that must be watched if you are a cinema lover:
1. LIFE, ANIMATED (2016)
This Oscar nominated documentary movie is based on the novel by Ron Suskind's book about his son. It’s an enlightening movie which showcases the life of a boy as he finds himself unable to make sense of his real surroundings. His perturbed parents find consolation when the boy shows interest in the world of animation, particularly in the Walt Disney movies. His intense response to the animated world became a way of his liberation from the kind of “real” world he find himself surrounded by.
2. THE FOG OF WAR: ELEVEN LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF ROBERT S. MCNAMARA (2003)
It is also an Oscar winning movie, which shows a long interview with former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. The insights that he shares about his political career are worth knowing as he talks about the American preoccupation with the Vietnam War.
3. SOUND AND FURY (2000)
This Oscar-nominated movie is a great lesson for those who always aspire to fit in. A story of a pair of brother and sister, one deaf and other hearing, it teaches you how to gain a place in a community, and how to deal with the mainstream culture.
4. DEAR ZACHARY: A LETTER TO A SON ABOUT HIS FATHER (2008)
A movie that was recorded for a father-less child, Zachary, by the friend of the dead father so that the son would know about him, turned into a sensational documentary movie. Recorded purely with personal intentions, the movie was loved by the kind of life it portrayed when released publicly.
5. HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (2012)
This movies shows the horrifying reality of indifferent medical institutions and government towards the marginalized section of society. The movie is based on the struggles of this section of the society to fight from AIIDS.
6. THE WORK (2017)
This movie deals with the psychological condition of prisoners. The story relates the incident of the convicts of the infamous Falson Prison being taken for a group therapy that served as their rehabilitation. This disturbing story deals with the self-exploration and the discoveries made through this process.
7. PINA (2011)
Highly creative and artistic, this movie relates the incidents of a dancer and choreographer. It should be watched for its excellent cinematography and an extraordinary story.
8. THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (2013)
This movie is a critique of racism in the most beautiful and disturbing way. It is s story of the rape of a young woman and a group of black men who are falsely accused for the crime. Later they are assaulted and tortured to confess the crime they had never committed.
9. BEST WORST THING THAT EVER COULD HAVE HAPPENED (2016)
It is a story of utter failure when success is all what one has expected. Looking back at the past, we can judge our failures and ourselves critically and make the necessary amendments in our lives is what this movie teaches us.
10. I AM NOT YOUR NEGR0 (2016)
This is a narration based on the words of an acclaimed critic and novelist, James Baldwin. According to a source, “I Am Not Your NEGR0 tells the story of American identity through Baldwin's eyes, looking at the lives and deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. alongside Hollywood-produced images delivered to the American public on screens across the nation.”