Cosmos and Planet Earth have been our all-time favorite documentaries. But some of the best documentaries have premiered this year and have not only changed the way we view the world and the people around us but have created a tangible impact. These documentaries are relatable, personal, moving and excruciatingly honest.
1. I Am Heath Ledger
A haunting and heartbreaking documentary detailing the life and soul of the actor told from the point of view of family and friends that were part of his life. The intimate documentary includes footage from Ledgers handheld camera.
2. City Of Ghosts
City of Ghosts follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” – a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today.
3. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power
A decade after, Al Gore returns with another Inconvenient Truth. Climate change is still the question of the hour and this is the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.
4. Gaga: Five Foot Two
This revealing documentary takes you on an intimate journey. From Walmart shopping trips to doctors visits to rocking the Super Bowl Halftime Show, it’s Lady Gaga as you’ve never seen her. Gaga: Five Foot Two follows the superstar at her most vulnerable moments as she pushes through fibromyalgia, a broken engagement and produces a soul-blooming album.
5. Strong Island
Filmmaker Yance Ford takes an emotional and unflinching look at his family’s devastation and lingering pain after the murder of his brother, William Ford. Examining how the judicial system let them down and allowed his brothers killer to go free.
6. What The Health
What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars and keeping us sick.
7. Nobody Speak
Nobody speak covers the freedom of free press. It explores the trial between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media and billionaires covertly using their fortunes to silence the media.
8.Get Me Roger Stone
The whole world was shocked by the rise Donald Trump, but there was one man who had been plotting it for years: Roger Stone. Diving deep into the mind of the master manipulator, Get Me Roger Stone provides a raw perspective on the transformation of American politics.
9. The Keepers
This seven-episode documentary series explores the unsolved murder of the nun Sister Cathy Cesnik who taught at Baltimore’s Archbishop Keough High School, who suspected that a priest at the school was guilty of sexual abuse.