In 2019, the documentary created a new glory, and there are many good-looking documentaries. Below are 10 selected for everyone to watch.
1. The Kingmaker
Centred on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, The Kingmaker examines, with unprecedented access, the Marcos family’s improbable return to power in the Philippines. The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda’s present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency. To this end, Imelda confidently rewrites her family’s history of corruption, replacing it with a narrative of a matriarch’s extravagant love for her country.
2. Amazing Grace
Recorded years ago, Amazing Grace is part movie-concert, part documentary. No matter what you call it, it’s nearly impossible to not be moved by the incredible vocals of Aretha Franklin performing at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. The performance is so powerful that it feels like you’re sitting in on a personal video passed among friends. For those not normally inclined to turn on a documentary, this is a good entry point because who among us doesn’t love Aretha Franklin?
3. Hail Satan?
A look at the intersection of religion and activism, tracing the rise of The Satanic Temple: only six years old and already one of the most controversial religious movements in American history. The Temple is calling for a Satanic revolution to save the nation’s soul. But are they for real?
Liza Mandelup's feature debut, Jawline follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem who built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust, as he tries to escape a dead-end life in rural Tennessee.
Jawline premieres on Hulu and in select theaters August 23.
5. Leaving Neverland
The documentary was directed and produced by Dan Reed and lasted 236 minutes (nearly 4 hours). According to the official overview, the film describes two 7-year-old and 10-year-old boys who had a long-term friendship with Michael Jackson. Now they are in their 30s. They will tell how MJ sexually assaulted them and reached an agreement and settlement.
6. Fyre Fraud
FYRE FRAUD is a true-crime comedy exploring a failed music festival turned internet meme at the nexus of social media influence, late-stage capitalism, and morality in the post-truth era.
The Fyre Festival was the defining scam of the millennial generation, at the nexus of social media influence, late-stage capitalism, and morality in the post-truth era. Marketing for the 2017 music event went viral with the help of rapper Ja Rule, instagram stars, and models but turned epic fail after stranding thousands in the Bahamas. Featuring an exclusive interview with Billy McFarland, the convicted con-man behind the festival; FYRE FRAUD is a true-crime comedy bolstered by a cast of whistleblowers, victims, and insiders going beyond the spectacle to uncover the power of FOMO and an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and a lack of accountability in the digital age.
7. Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened
The Fry event refers to the Fyre Festival in 2017 when many people flew to the Bahamas to participate in many celebrity platforms and the so-called ultra-luxury music festival. The reality is a wild tent, nothing, and mud. The matter has sparked huge discussions on social networks, and the organizational work behind it has been variously revealed.
8. Surviving R. Kelly
a shocking, heartbreaking, scary documentary about R&B star R.Kelly's sex cult.
9. Ask Dr. Ruth
A documentary portrait chronicling the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. As her 90th birthday approaches, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and her career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.
10. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
"Inventor" tells the story of Elizabeth Holmes, a young female entrepreneur who has been hotly debated in Silicon Valley, not long ago. With her personal charm and the influence of many supporters, she successfully attracted gold to establish the biotechnology company Theranos. The revolutionary blood test technology allows you to test just by tapping your fingertip to get a few drops of blood. In the end, it was revealed that it was a scam. Holmes' semi-listed invention product has never been verified and approved.
Followers of "The Inventor" analyzed Holmes's life story from the beginning to the decline, analyzing her behavioral motivations. Gibney interviewed Tyler Shultz and Erika Zhang, two former Theranos employees, and John Carreyrou, author of "Blood into Gold". Gibney tried to contact Holmes for an interview, but never got a response.
I have to say, From the latest news surveys of Michael Jackson and R. Kelly to the crazy backstory of Imelda Marcos, this is an iconic one for documentaries year.