So, I'm a really big fan of documentaries and wanted to introduce you guys to my top five, which I believe everyone should watch. I have a lot more documentaries I love and might later do a post on more, but for now these are ones I don't think should be missed.
- Suicide Forest
Funnily enough I'm not a fan of the articles that get posted on Vice due to the condescending and pretentious attitude presented. However, their documentaries are a different story. This particular one happens to be a favourite of mine about Aokigahara; the suicide forest. It follows a ranger who tells us about this forest in Japan, near Mt Fuji where people go to kill themselves. Sometimes they leave things as a tape to find their way back if they decide to change their mind.
- Child of Rage
This one is definitely going to shock viewers. All of us have a fascination with things that are dark and morbid, we just don't want to admit it. Let's be real, how many of you have clicked on articles about murder? I'm willing to bet it's a lot. It's that natural curiosity of something so alien and foreign to us. Well, child of rage delivers exactly that. A young girl openly expresses her desire to murder her parents and brother. She even explains how she attempts to do so in this fascinating documentary. Funnily enough she is rehabilitated and is currently doing very well, which brings up the eternal question on whether psychopaths are products of nature or nurture.
If you're a fan of David Attenborough, (which i'm assuming you are, because let's be real, who's not) then this is definitely something you would enjoy. You're guided through a journey in the savannah and jungles to explore animals in their habitats and let me tell you, there's some adorable stuff and some not so adorable and intense stuff. Watch Giraffes battle and a Hyena attempt to attack a lion (and fail laughably.)
- The Cannibal Warlords of Liberia
Another truly eye opening documentary by Vice. The screenshot above should be enough to grab anyone's attention, however if you cannot handle violence or disturbing content then it's probably not for you. It shows the effect of 14 years of civil war and the conditions in which the people are surviving. The documentary addresses poverty, child prostitution, drug addictions and cannibalism. With a high rate of unemployment and horrific living conditions it truly is an astonishing account.
- Life In A Day
A series of video clips merged into one big documentary showcasing lives on the single day of the 24th of July, 2010. One video, 4,500 hours of footage, 80,000 submissions from 192 nations. You seriously get this huge and overwhelming insight into the lives of people from all around the world. These are actual recordings from people all over the world opening up their hearts for the entire world to see. An emotionally gripping documentary, that shows how human we really all are, and how despite the distance and cultures we all come from we're more alike than we could possibly imagine.