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About Documentary Movies

A documentary film approaches a subject from a non-fictional angle, and many documentaries try to present their subjects in an unobtrusive, unbiased way that doesn't make judgments or attempt to lead the audience to predetermined conclusions. Other documentaries, however, have a very explicit agenda and seek to shape the audience's reactions to the subject.

In its purest form, a documentary film presents facts without any attempt to influence how the viewer interprets those facts. In practice, documentaries can never achieve that purity, since the very act of choosing what to include in the film and how to present it introduces some of the filmmaker's bias into the final product.

Among those documentaries with an agenda, social and political documentaries are usually the most explicit in their points of view. Political documentaries in particular often take a particular viewpoint and construct a narrative to support that viewpoint.

Historical documentaries tell a story about specific time periods, historical events or historical figures. Military campaigns, exploration and cultural events are common subjects of historical documentaries. Although political events may be the subject of a documentary like this, a film with the intent of illustrating the historical context of the event is more likely to describe how and why the event took place and less likely to try to persuade the viewer toward a particular ideological conclusion about the event.

Another common type of documentary is the biography. These documentaries tell the story of a well-known individual. Governmental leaders, religious figures, sports stars, artists and musicians are typical subjects of biographical documentaries.

Finally, science-related documentaries attempt to explain scientific or technological topics. Like historical documentaries, science documentaries are often unbiased, although contemporary documentaries about the food industry or environmental issues often have a strong ideological lean in one direction or another.

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X-Rated 2: The Greatest Adult Stars of All Time
X-Rated 2: The Greatest Adult Stars of All Time
Three Identical Strangers
Three Identical Strangers
I Am Elizabeth Smart
I Am Elizabeth Smart
Death Of A Nation
Death Of A Nation
Jackass: The Movie
Jackass: The Movie
Whitney: Can I Be Me
Whitney: Can I Be Me
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic
Active Measures
Active Measures
Whitney
Whitney
Vietnam War
Vietnam War
Generation Iron
Generation Iron
Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow
Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow
The Secret
The Secret
Holocaust
Holocaust
Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives
Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives
RBG
RBG
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul
Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul
Catfish
Catfish
Generation Iron 2
Generation Iron 2
Food, Inc.
Food, Inc.
The Heart Of Man
The Heart Of Man
Blackfish
Blackfish
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Black Sabbath: The End of the End
Black Sabbath: The End of the End
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
Science Fair
Science Fair
Oasis: Supersonic
Oasis: Supersonic
Andre the Giant
Andre the Giant
White Lion
White Lion
Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded
Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded
McQueen
McQueen
The Flat Earth
The Flat Earth
More Than a Game
More Than a Game
Mindless Behavior: All Around the World
Mindless Behavior: All Around the World
Forks Over Knives
Forks Over Knives
Generation Wealth
Generation Wealth
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Michael Jackson: This Is It
Michael Jackson: This Is It
Saving Face
Saving Face
The True Cost
The True Cost
American Native
American Native
Unmistaken Child
Unmistaken Child
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind
Oceans
Oceans
Let There Be Light
Let There Be Light
I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro
Homeless: Motel Kids of Orange County
Homeless: Motel Kids of Orange County
El Sistema
El Sistema
The Summit
The Summit
Crossing Borders
Crossing Borders
I Am
I Am
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Billy The Kid
Billy The Kid
Chariots of the Gods
Chariots of the Gods
The Gospel According To Andre
The Gospel According To Andre
Crumb
Crumb
Paris Is Burning
Paris Is Burning
Let's Play, Boy
Let's Play, Boy
Kassim The Dream
Kassim The Dream
Gimme Danger
Gimme Danger
My Big Fat Body
My Big Fat Body
We Are X
We Are X
So Help Me God
So Help Me God
Restrepo
Restrepo
Toy Stories
Toy Stories
The China Hustle
The China Hustle
Good Hair
Good Hair
Almost Holy
Almost Holy
The First Great Escape
The First Great Escape
The Scroll: Transformation
The Scroll: Transformation
In Vogue: The Editor's Eye
In Vogue: The Editor's Eye
First Cousin Once Removed
First Cousin Once Removed
Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed
Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed
Madonna: Truth or Dare
Madonna: Truth or Dare
Bettie Page Reveals All
Bettie Page Reveals All
180 South
180 South
Reincarnated
Reincarnated
A Place at the Table
A Place at the Table
Senna
Senna
Page One: Inside the New York Times
Page One: Inside the New York Times
God Grew Tired of Us
God Grew Tired of Us
Sun Dogs
Sun Dogs
Step into Liquid
Step into Liquid
Biggie and Tupac
Biggie and Tupac
Dogtown and Z-Boys
Dogtown and Z-Boys
Tupac: Resurrection
Tupac: Resurrection
Student Athlete
Student Athlete
Evolution
Evolution
Believer (2018)
Believer (2018)
Derren Brown: The Push
Derren Brown: The Push
Word Is Bond
Word Is Bond
Steve McQueen: American Icon
Steve McQueen: American Icon
Voyeur
Voyeur
Tough Guys - 2017
Tough Guys - 2017
School Life
School Life
Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma
Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma
Night Will Fall
Night Will Fall
My Depression
My Depression
Kareem: Minority of One
Kareem: Minority of One
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