**Edited to Add: If you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear them! As well, there are many more that I left out that I’ll put together in a second post.**
I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries lately. I love docs. In particular, I like medical, historial, or true crime docs. Here are my recomendations!
THE SEVEN DWARFS OF AUSCHWITZ
Narrated by and starring actor Warwick Davis, this details the life of a group of seven dwarf siblings, Jews, who were taken to Auschwitz. Despite the odds stacked against them, and despite the fact that Mengele himself took an interest in this family, they survived.
DEAR ZACHARY: A LETTER TO A SON ABOUT HIS FATHER
I stumbled across the one several years ago, I believe it was shortly after Ginny was born. It is utterly heartbreaking. It begins as a way to show baby Zachary the life of his father (who was killed), but becomes so much more as the filmmaking progresses. This is a VERY heavy movie, and it WILL make you mad.
TREBLINKA: HITLER’S KILLING MACHINE
Treblinka 2 was a death camp in Poland, covered up by the Nazis before the war ended. Little to no evidence has ever been found that the camp truly existed as anything other than as a place of transit…until now.
PENTATONIX: ON MY WAY HOME
Clearly this is more lighthearted that the other films I’ve been watching, haha. But it offers interesting insight into Pentatonix, who are just so crazy talented!
IT’S A GIRL
This is another one guaranteed to make you mad. The fact that some women feel they must commit infanticide simply because their child was born a girl, makes me sick and so thankful that I live where I life. Girls face such hardship all over the world, and it needs to stop.
THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE
A family adopts three Russian children at the same time, and this doc focuses on the trials and joys that this brings them. It’s hard watching people who obviously have so much love in their hearts have to break down in order to care for the children they have brought into their homes. This is not a happy film, nor is it one with a bad ending. Just be warned that it’s a tough one.
In South Korea, a pastor is called to build a drop box for unwanted babies. His passion for rescuing lost children is inspiring, and the fact that he and his wife personally have adopted many of the children – specifically those with special needs – is simply amazing.
This one goes from boogeyman investigation, to story about a convicted child-kidnapper. It’s creepy, and fascinating.
H.H. HOLMES: AMERICA’S FIRST SERIAL KILLER
This guys…this monster…had this amazing house built that was full of body chutes and torture rooms and doors to nowhere. He would lure people in who needed lodging during Chicago’s World’s Fair, and then kill them. Obviously this is a darker doc.
BACK IN TIME
This one is all about Back to the Future! A great movie! Which you should also watch. This takes a look behind the scenes, and at the amazing fanbase.
It’s fairly clear what this one is about. Hiroshima. This is an emotional one to watch, made even more so because it interviews both the victims of the bombs, as well as the men who dropped them.
Another hard one to watch – clearly a trend with me. Detailing the horrors committed against the killer whales in captivity at aquariums. The thing I struggle with, is that ALL documentaries should be taken with a grain of salt. Yes, I do believe some animals are being treated poorly. No, I do not believe every aquarium or zoo is like this. Documentaries are meant to present a certain point of view. After I finished the film, I made the personal decision to find out if any future zoos, etc I visit are making conservation efforts and display rescued animals, rather than captured.
LONG WAY ROUND
Ewan McGregor! Motorcycles! The world! Ewan and his chum decide to bike around the world, taking a camera crew with them for the ride. It’s funny, scary, and interesting. Consists of episodes, which makes it easier to watch.
THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN/MORE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN
I put these two together because clearly they are of the same series. I watched this while I was pregnant and was really pleased with all the information I got out of it. Most of it was not relevant to me, as I live in Canada where my only hospital fee when Ginny was born was the $25 for a private room, and where I did not feel any pressures whatsoever to take drugs or have a c-section or anything. However, I really enjoyed the look into American infant/pregnancy care and if you are interested in that kind of thing, it’s a good watch.
TWICE BORN: STORIES FROM THE SPECIAL DELIVERY UNIT
This is a 3-parter about fetal surgery. I love watching surgery and I love learning about babies and the body, so this was right up my alley. FETAL SURGERY IS FASCINATING LIKE CRAZY!! The fact that a doctor can open the mother up, open the uterus, and then perform ridiculously delicate surgery on a minuscule human is so SO amazing.
More sea creatures! This one is about dolphin hunting in Japan. It’s fairly graphic at times, and the folks making the doc definitely had to break some laws to do so. Still, it’s a fascinating look at an issue that certainly doesn’t exist over here in Canada.
I KNOW THAT VOICE
This is a lighthearted look at the world of voice-acting. It doesn’t get enough attention, and I was so excited to put faces to the familiar voices that I hear in so many cartoons.
The Shining is one of my favourite horror films, and this doc takes a look at the various theories of what the REAL message of the movie is. It’s a crazy movie guys, so there’s a lotta theories.
Being married to a beardtacular man, I decided to delve into this look at male grooming. There’s beard growing contests happening in the world…who knew? Also, it’s made by the same guy who did Super Size Me (which I also love).
A film about tackling the beast that is Mount Everest. During filming, the disaster of 1996 occurred, so it also takes a look into the truth of that situation, which is sad.