Since reality is what we love to escape from almost 24/7, a documentary is not something that comes immediately to our heads when it comes to our idea of tv pleasures, unless documentary is something that you enjoy watching.
We find a degree of comfort (a high degree that to) in the various versions of realities fashioned by some of the most creative and wild minds. The so-called perfect world that fits your taste. Comfy and cozy small towns, bonkers sci-fi concepts, brutally told stories about a phase of dystopia, animated shows showcasing the reality of adults (see the irony?)
But, have you ever wondered the thrill, joy, confusion also, you would derive by watching actual documented realities? Neither distorted nor fabrication barring bits and pieces for the sake of sound watching. Pure realities about real people.
These 10 documentaries might just convince you that sometimes pure reality can tell one hell of a story. Well, you wouldn’t know till you actually checked them out.
- Casting JonBenet
Capturing the process of casting for a fictional film based on the chilling incident of the murder of six-year-old American child beauty pageant queen, Jonbenét Ramsey, this documentary shows the interviews of the actors, them testing out for the roles of the characters of people who involved in the murder.
- Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
Based on the iconic Muppet from Sesame Street, Elmo and the puppeteer, Kevin Clash who created and played Elmo, this documentary lets you peek into the backstory of Clash.
- Hot Girls Wanted
Admittedly, it is an unconventional topic to cover, but directors Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus capture the insights of the adult film industry. It captures the life of the women who are part of the industry. It mainly follows the lives of Rachel Bernard and newcomer Tessa Silguero. It also shows the brutal reality of the industry.
- Into the Abyss
Director Werner Herzog captures the lives of two convicts who were jailed for triple homicide. While Michael Perry received a death sentence, Lason Burkett is serving a life sentence. Herzog conducts an interview with Perry just eight before his execution.
This powerful documentary is based on the 13th Amendment to the American constitution which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” With a compilation comprising of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, it captures the horrors of mass criminalization and what the American prison industry is really like.