The year 2021 has been a good one for documentaries. From the bombshell Britney Spears documentaries, revelations made in the ones featuring several international pop stars, much thought about murder mysteries and much more.
The thing about documentaries is that the fiction is up to the viewers choice and the truth is almost in the open. When some important events in history to hard to catch due to scattered information, a documentary on the subject is a valuable resource. They also make space for contrasting ideas on the same subject so that the viewer can take a call on what to believe.
Here Are Some Thought-Provoking Documentaries Released In 2021:
Allen V Farrow
The fallen filmmaker and sexual abuse accused Woody Allen and controversial romantic relationship with his step-daughter is explored in the documentary. The tussle between his ex-wife, Mia Farrow and their daughter Dylan’s custody and many other parallel issues are dealt with in the documentary series. As soon as they show aired the firsr time in 2021, the social media feeds were flooded with fresh accusations, explanations and many new findings about the scandalous case.
Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry
The popstar who rose to fame in a very short span of time finally reveals about herself in the new documentary. She took her fans to the days when she used to learn dance, how her family was like growing up, the friends she lost in the journey, her first time on stage, the time she recorded her debut album and much more. The singer also revealed how she was in a problematic relationship with a guy much older than her.
Framing Britney Spears
The documentary brought shock waves on social media since its first trailer release. Spears finally became free in 2021 and her father no longer holds her conservatorship and the documentary did a great job in reuniting the fans again. The documentary no only narrated the entire legal conundrum in which Spears had been caught up since years, it also showed how the media took advantage of her by capturing her in her worst moments and pushing her closer to the edge.
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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain
The documentary by filmmaker Morgan Neville shows the viewers how the writer, world-travelling chef and international icon Anthony Bourdain lived his life. The swanky hotels he spent his nights in, the places he visited, the thoughts that troubled him. The fans of Bourdain got a real treat in form of the film. He passed away in 2018.
Movies That Made Us season 3
The third season of the very unique docuseries that released in 2021. The season focused on iconic films of all times such as Robocop, Aliens, Elf and many more golden films from yesteryears. To the uninitiated, the docuseries tries to capture what went behind the scenes of the popular films that did not just earn profits but made a special and permanent place in the hearts of the audience.
Searching For Sheela
Director Shakun Batra steps out of the romantic comedy cocoon and makes a documentary on Ma Anand Sheela. It narrated the story of a woman who lived her on own terms. Her time at the Rajneeshpuram commune in USA, and then the time she served she served in the prison, all of it was explored in the documentary. It was the first that Sheela had returned to India in 35 years and by her interviews, the documentary gave her perspective on the one of the biggest scandals of its time.
Suggested Reading: My Highest Education Was In Prison: Ma Anand Sheela
The topical documentary released in 2021 showed how the act of fishing in the waters actually impacts the environment. The film calls for an end of the practise which is driving many sea creatures to their end and only causing short term gains for the human kind. The film was directed by Ali Tabrizi was also seen starring in it.
The Beatles: Get back
The iconic band of that would probably keep inspiring music for eternity is such a fascinating subject that even 100 documentaries on them would not make the 101th one irrelevant. The documentary is shot at the time when the band was preparing for their first live show in two years and when the wrote and released 14 songs together. The film takes the viewers behind the scenes when the band was about to break up for good and what impact did it really made at the time.
Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel
The film is about the infamous hotel where a Canadian student’s dead body was found in a tank. With numerous interviews of the insiders and experts, the film tries to undercover what really happened before the girl went missing, The CCTV camera footages, the student’s social media feeds, stories from her family members are looked at with a lens to uncover what the woman was going through when she came to live in a hotel which was already infamous of sketchy incidents.