We have gathered a list of some of the best and most thought-provoking documentaries around. From political and biographical documentaries to films about food, music and history, our documentary collection comes from all around the world, and it is full of wonders.
The term 'documentary' was coined by John Grierson in the 1920s, and his thoughts about the potential of this new art form to observe reality was echoed by Dziga Vertov, who also wanted cinema to show "life as it is". That being said, many of the first documentary films were also propaganda films, and this is a tension that lies at the heart of the form.
Early documentary films like Sergei Eisenstein's 'October' and Leni Riefenstahl's 'Triumph of the Will' embody this tension, as well as being visual masterpieces and classics of the first wave of Documentary filmmaking.