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15 DISTURBING DOCUMENTARIES TO KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED THIS WEEKEND
I’ve always been fascinated by documentaries. On one hand, they’re supposed to be an objective and non-fiction form of storytelling, meant to give you the truth. But, if I’ve learned anything in film school, is that everything and everyone’s got an agenda and a point of view. And that point of view is meant to serve a purpose and tell a specific story. In most cases, it’s about a truth that maybe no one else wants told.To scratch that truthful itch, there’s no shortage of Netflix documentaries you can watch, or fascinatingly creepy documentaries out there on the web, but I recently came across the /r/Documentaries/ subreddit, that has some I’ve never heard of.Time to settle in for a watch.
Born to Kill? Herbert Mullin: The Serial Killing Saviour (2012)
Back in 1973, Herbert Mullin was arrested for killing 13 people. He told authorities that the voice of God told him to do it, or else a catastrophic earthquake would take out the world.This episode of the documentary series is particularly chilling, because he believed that blood sacrifices were necessary to regulate the world. Check it out HERE!
Long Shot (2017)
This one is insane, but back in 2004 an episode of Curb your Enthusiasm was able to clear a man of murder charges and get him off of death row.Juan Catalan was had a motive for a cold-blooded murder and was identified as the killer. But, at the time he was supposedly murdering, he was actually at a Dodgers game with his daughter and happened to be caught on tape during the filming of the episode. He had his lawyer comb through raw footage, on a while goose chase, to prove his innocence. Check it out HERE!
Roll Red Roll (2018)
At a pre-season party in Steubenville, OH, a teenage girl was sexually assaulted by members of the beloved football team.Despite the heinous nature of the crime and the evidence, the town tries to protect the boys and the team, claiming a “boys will be boys” mentality. This eye-opening doc is a sobering look at the culture of sports, masculinity and double-standards. Check it out on Netflix.
Almost A Failure: How Airbus Nearly Didn’t Happen (2019)
This is short one, but insanely fascinating. In 1972, a European consortium of airline manufacturers banded together to produce the worlds first twin-engine, wide body airliner and challenged Boeing for the throne. Check it out HERE!
Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead (2019)
This is a fascinating look at the centuries old tradition of the Day of the Dead, going back to the pre-colonial roots of Oaxacan traditions, to it’s depictions in mass media, and it’s role in East Los Angeles’ Chicano identity. Catch it HERE!
College Inc. (2010)
This documentary takes a look at the business of higher education. School’s getting more expensive, student debts are getting insane and degrees are getting monetized to benefit the affluent few. Check it out HERE!
This Vice/Munchies documentary looks at the small British town of Lincolnshire and their perception of the influx of immigrants into their town, as labourers. Sure, it’s across the Atlantic ocean, but the concepts of racism, xenophobia and indentured service are universal. Watch it HERE!
UNSOLVED: The Disappearance of Timmothy Pitzen (2019)
Eight years ago, Timmothy’s mom, on the verge of divorce, picked him up from school and went on a road trip. A few days later, his mother Amy Fry-Pitzen was found in a motel room, having committed suicide. She left a note saying that Timmothy was safe with people and would never be found. He still hasn’t been found. Watch it HERE!
Balloon Boy: In Richard Heene’s Own Words (2017)
In 2009 a homemade helium-filled gas balloon shaped to resemble a silver flying saucer was released into the atmosphere above Fort Collins, Colorado, by Richard and Mayumi Heene. They claimed their son was trapped inside. Instead, he was hiding in the attic the entire time.This doc breaks down the details, if it was a hoax at all, and why Richard Heene went to jail. Check it out HERE!
Hell in the Pacific (2001)
This doc takes a look at the sheer hell that the Pacific theatre of WW2 was, looking at survivors of the atrocities on both sides.You can catch the entire thing on Youtube
Inside Live and Let Die (1973)
Most people figured once Sean Connery left the role, that James Bond was dead. The life of the super spy was a part of 60’s culture, but supposedly had no place in the 70’s, where things were darker. Roger Moore and this film proved them wrong. Check it out HERE!
3 Girls Kidnapped And Kept Captive For Over 10 Years (2016)
This documentary focuses on Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who kept 3 women in his basement for over a decade. This one is really chilling.Check it out HERE!
Victorian Pharmacy – The Crazy Cures the Victorians Used (2019)
In this documentary, historians look at how people attempted to cure common ailments beginning at the time of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1837, when remedies such as leeches, oil of earthworm and opium potions were commonly used.Give it a watch HERE!
Gypsy Blood ( 2019)
This BBC documentary looks into exploring the legacy of violence handed down through generations of gypsy fathers to their sons.It’s a fascinating look at family, legacies and expected societal roles. Watch it HERE!
I am Jane Doe (2017)
This one looks at the battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their daughters, who were victims of sex trafficking. Their entry point was Backpage.com, which was the adult classified section that ran for years in the Village Voice. Watch it HERE!
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