What's Up, Doc(umentaries)?

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I am a huge documentary fan. I love to glimpse into someone else's life and to see their stories unfold before my eyes. 

Now, before you continue to read this blog, I need to warn you. Some of these documentaries contain strong language and thematic elements. We believe that these documentaries all contain stories that are worthwhile, even if it's just for entertainment value. Since you're aware that you might come across some elements that don't necessary align with a Christian worldview, continue reading!

The Wolfpack

Confined in an apartment from a New York housing project, the six Angulo brothers learned everything they know about the world through watching films and spend their time reenacting their favorite movies with intricate homemade costumes. 

Keep on Keepin' On

This documentary follows Jazz legend Clark Terry over four years as he mentors twenty-three year old blind piano prodigy to compete in an international competition.

For Grace

Curtis Duffy, renowned chef, built his dream restaurant despite the state of his personal life. Duffy, the recipient of two Michelin stars, sacrificed his family for his career and the ambition to make his Chicago restaurant, Grace, the best in the country. 

The Epic of Everest

Climb with George Mallory and Andrew Irvine as they attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest. 

The Cave of Forgotten Dreams

If you're like me and a total Art History nerd, this is the documentary for you. Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to the Chauvet caves in France--and the earliest pictorial creations known to man. 

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Banksy, a world renowned street artist, is highlighted in this documentary where reality, modern art, and celebrity are questioned. 

Girl Rising

This documentary is made of the stories of nine girls from developing countries, showing how they overcame great obstacles to obtain an education and change their fates.

Twinsters

Two girls from South Korea are raised on different continents and eventually connect through social media. Samantha and Anais believe that they are twin sisters separated at birth. 

Maidentrip

Laura Dekker, a 14-year-old sailor, sets out on a two-year voyage to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone.

Life in a Day

This is a documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on July 24, 2010.

The Imposter

This documentary is for mystery/psychological thriller lovers. A young boy from Texas goes missing and is allegedly found in Spain three years later.   

Fed Up

I'm a little obsessed with food documentaries. How food is made, how to use a juice cleanse, and how food industries impact our health. "Fed Up" explores the food industry's treatment of sugar and how it affects the health of Americans. 

So the next time it's a little too hot or rainy to go outside, open up that laptop and watch one of these great documentaries. 

Happy watching!

--Mary, the documentary lover 

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