comes in many forms, and sometimes – despite a seemingly impenetrable subject
matter – a documentary can inspire us in ways we never thought possible. Sometimes,
even the most unfamiliar theme or topic can contain universally appreciable
components, appealing to everyone’s sense of determination, optimism and
resilience against adversity.
the purpose of documentary filmmaking is educational, yet many manage two
separate functions simultaneously: informing or enlightening audiences, as well
as encouraging them to seek out change themselves. Sometimes, even a documentary about raw fish can prove
downright inspirational, motivating an audience in tremendous and unimaginable
all, documentary filmmaking is as much concerned with storytelling as
conventional cinema; they simply communicate their stories in separate ways,
making them just as capable of stimulating an audience as even the most
manipulative of Hollywood tear-jerkers.
said, here are 10 documentaries to completely inspire you…
for an Academy Award back in 2011, Gasland is captivating stuff, winning over
audiences and critics alike with its stark portrayal of hydraulic fracturing, a
process by which millions of gallons of water and sand are pumped into the
ground in order to release gas deposits which are otherwise inaccessible. The
process is incredibly controversial – and arguably immoral – meaning the
subject matter is immediately engaging.
this respect, the documentary explores the consequences of fracking on poorer,
rural communities in certain parts of America, chronicling the severe health
issues associated with the practise, as well as the resulting water
contamination caused by these gas companies. Despite this, the documentary
avoids disparaging its audience, or discouraging them from seeking out further
information; the tone especially is more optimistic than defeatist.
has been credited with stimulating anti-fracking movements, and is perhaps one
of the main reasons such groups have managed to gain such momentum, making it