Last year IndieWire wrote that there is a rise in the popularity of documentary movies, whether that is thanks to Netflix or the enthusiastic nonfiction movie lovers. Honestly, 6 years ago I used to think that documentaries are boring and that they don't cover the subjects I'm interested in that much. My excuse is that I was an easily bored teenager who always had to be entertained with a lot of action, unbelievable effects and never-ending drama. Lucky me, one day I ran out of such movies, so I found one documentary that I gave a chance and it blew my mind. That was the day that my love for documentaries has started. For all of those who are thinking as I used to, but also for those who already love it, here's a list of some of the best documentaries I have seen (in no particular order).

  • Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018)

Before this movie, I have seen a few Fonda's movies, but I didn't know much about her life. After seeing it, I found out that actually, I knew nothing. It has shown me what an exceptional woman she is and she has inspired me immensely. We get to know her from her childhood and how she was shaped into the woman she is today.

  • The Imposter (2012)

This was the movie that brought me to the world of documentaries. I was unfamiliar with this case and the story of Frédéric Bourdin and Nicholas Barclay, but this is the proof that many times, life is stranger than fiction. I don't want to give away too much as it's better when you know less about the story - I had to check twice is this real.

  • Miss Representation (2011)

Although this movie needs a bit of an update, many of the topics and problems argued in the movie, are always relevant and we, as girls and women, have to deal with them over and over. Even though I am not from the USA, I could draw the parallels between American society and the society in my country, so nothing shown in this documentary was new or foreign to me, as this is a global issue.

  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)

They are a worldwide known organization but being from a small European country, I wasn't that familiar with them, but as revolutionaries, they did always intrigue me. This documentary has explained a lot to me and it has shown the power of people, rebellion, but also, the injustice that is always present.

  • Three Identical Strangers (2018)

Honestly, this documentary is a number one for me because it really has touched my whole being. It's full of emotions, it's one of the rarest and most incredible real-life stories I have seen. It draws you in slowly, you believe that you will laugh through the whole movie, but then it shows you another layer, and you start to cry and wonder what is it that makes us who we are. It is a really strong story with multiple layers and I would say, it's my favorite documentary of 2018.

  • Journey to the Edge of the Universe (2008)

As documentaries about space and the universe are my favorite, it was really hard to choose just one. I chose this one because it was the first I have seen on this topic and it is really educational and astonishing. It's definitely one of those that leaves you in awe of everything we are surrounded with and it shows you how small we as humans are indeed.


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