Eight Riveting Documentaries to Watch

February 22, 2018


Documentaries can be found in a multiplicity of sources and formats, such as TV shows, movies, podcasts, and even short videos. (Photo Credit: Samantha Cano/ Achona Online)

For those interested in television shows and movies based on actual events, eras, life stories,etc., that profess to be factually accurate, the following are some highly recommended documentaries.

Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)

This documentary tells the story of Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter Gypsy Rose Blanchard. It involves one of psychology’s most controversial conditions, Munchausen by proxy. The documentary follows the life of G. Blanchard, and goes in depth into how her mother manipulated her and the world around her, and how it all led to the murder of her mother.

Where you can find it: HBO

Beware the Slenderman (2016)

This documentary follows the story of Payton Leutner, who was stabbed by two of her friends because they were attempting to please Slenderman, a fictional monster from a horror website. It details the accounts of both the victim and the perpetrators and gives in depth details into the court trials.

Where you can find it: HBO, Youtube, iTunes


She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014)

This documentary details the feminist uprisings in the 1960s and 1970s. Not only does it talk about pivotal moments and leaders, but it also shines light on the lesser known figures and events in the feminist movement.

Where you can find it: Netflix


The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2016)

This documentary tells the life story of Trans icon, Marsha P. Johnson. It details Johnson’s legacy, as well as the circumstances surrounding her mysterious death in 1992.

Where you can find it: Netflix

Casting JonBenet (2016)

This documentary explores different accounts of the famous investigation of the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. All of the accounts are then put together to makeup a mock documentary of all of the theories of what happened the night that Ramsey was murdered.

Where you can find it: Netflix


Coach Snoop (2018)

This documentary follows rap icon, Snoop Dogg, and his drive to give back to his community by coaching a football team full of at-risk kids.

Where you can find it: Netflix


Who Took Johnny? (2014)

This Netflix original movie explains the unsolved case of Johnny Gosch. In 1982, Gosch was the first missing person to be printed on the side of a milk carton and the investigation into his disappearance set a precedence for missing children’s cases that followed his.

Where you can find it: Netflix


Blackfish (2013)

This documentary shines light on the abuse that animals held captive at SeaWorld face. It also details the harrowing deaths of three people, who’s lives were taken by Tilikum, an Orca Whale who was homed at SeaWorld.

Where you can find it: Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, iTunes

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