Fascinating Documentary Films to Watch

I've recently been binge watching documentaries films and found these to be some of the fascinating ones I think everyone should try to check out.

Man on Wire
In 1974, Philippe Petit made a death defying stunt going on a high-wire walk between the 2 towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. This film gave his account of his story, how he came about that plan and execute it. I found about this film because it won the 2008 Oscars for Best Documentary Feature so it must've been an exciting one. I was so mesmerized by the story. They also made a film based on this event in 2015 called The Walk. Check that out too.

The Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has a dark side to its grandeur in that it was also a suicide magnet. The film crew set up a camera over 2004 to record the suicide jumps and attempts that happened that year. They also interviewed the families of those who committed suicide to understand more of their story. There's a sense of creepiness to the idea of this film but it kinda makes you aware what can drive people to such thing. I was left feeling sad watching this.

Waking Sleeping Beauty
So I've been a little Disney obsessed lately after watching Beauty and the Beast and started to watch anything Disney again. Even documentaries about Disney films. This film tells about the Animation Team that successfully brought back Disney from the brink of failure to that era known as Disney Renaissance between 1984 to 1994. This was when The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King and more brought back Disney into prominence.

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
This is a tear jerker. Watch this first without reading anything about the story. In 2001, Andrew Bagby was murdered by his obsessive ex-girlfriend. She manage to escape the US and go back to Canada to prevent from being charged with the murder. What's worse is that it was made known later that she is carrying Andrew's baby. So there are both a murder charge and a custody battle that Andrew's family is pursuing. So Andrew's close filmmaker friend Kurt Kuenne set out to record and interview anyone who knew Andrew to be able to let Zachary, the baby know who his father was.

The Pixar Story
This documentary tells the story of the Pixar Animation Studios. You get to know how the company changed the face of animation forever with computer graphics, creating the first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, right up to ultimately being acquired by Disney. It's really inspiring to see how they were able to find success after a lot of perseverence even in the face of bankruptcy.

The Imposter
Nicholas Barclay was reported missing in 1994 in San Antonio, Texas. 3 years later, he was found in Spain and brought back to his family. However, things are not what they seem as he is not actually Nicholas Barclay but an imposter named Frederic Bourdin. Watch as the imposter and Nicholas's family tell their sides of the story. The possible twist to the story will get you thinking.

I'm still finding out a lot more documentary films that are interesting to watch. Perhaps I'll write more of them in future posts. You can watch the documentary films from various sources like Youtube or Netflix. Let me know if you know any that I should check out.


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