Documentaries can be works of art that help shift public perception of a variety of important and relevant topics. Documentaries aren’t for everyone, but neither is pretty much anything on this planet. If you’re a fan of factual television, then here are the ten best documentaries of 2016, all of which you can watch right from home or on-the-go.
1. Before the Flood
Taking advice from celebrities on how to live life can seem unrealistic, especially since many of them are swimming in money. However, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood, which you can watch here, is educational and covers an important issue in today’s world: climate change.
2. National Bird
Sonia Kennebeck’s National Bird uncovers some rather disturbing facts about modern American warfare. Moreover, the film also displays what it’s like being a female veteran. Check out the movie’s website for showtimes.
3. Into the Inferno
Werner Herzog’s Into the Inferno take you on a journey to six different volcanos around the globe, and also gives you a peak at the societies and beliefs that surround them. You can check out the documentary here.
4. One More Time With Feeling
During July of 2015, Nick Cave’s son Arthur fell from a cliff in Brighton, England after taking LSD for the first time with a friend. Andrew Dominik’s documentary, in particular, documents Nick’s grieving and how his son’s traumatic death has changed him as a person. Find showtimes by heading over to the film’s site.
5. O.J.: Made in America
Although you may be one of the millions of people who are familiar with the case against O.J. Simpson and the death of his wife, Ezra Edelman’s film puts together much better of a case than the actual prosecution. See for yourself by clicking here.
6. Audrie & Daisy
Rape itself is traumatizing, especially for teenagers. But what’s even more devastating is having the act caught on tape. Jon Shenk and Bonni Cohen’s documentary, in particular, gives you an up-close look at the pressures teenagers face when it comes to alcohol, porn, and social media. Watch it here.
Keith Maitland’s Tower is a chilling and intense film. Not only does it offer first-person testimonies, but also more uncomfortable details regarding Charles Whitman’s 1966 random killing of 16 people from the University of Texas Tower. Screening times can be found here.
8. Shadow World
If you are a sucker for controversial topics, then you’ll want to check out Johan Grimonprez’s feature-length documentary about the global weapons trade and the corruption behind it. Check it out here.
Ava DuVernay’s 13th focuses on the thirteenth amendment and the loophole that exists today regarding involuntary servitude as a form of punishment for crime. Moreover, it discusses the War on Drugs and the rise in mass incarceration. Watch it here.
Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s Weiner revolves around Anthony Weiner’s race for Mayor of New York City in 2013 and the sexting scandal that ruined his career. Watch it here to form your own opinion on Weiner’s actions.