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A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. Such films were originally shot on film stock—the only medium available—but now include video and digital productions that can be either direct-to-video, made into a TV show or released for screening in cinemas. "Documentary" has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries.

  • 24:31 BBC Hardtalk (2015), Jean-Marie Le Pen

    BBC Hardtalk (2015), Jean-Marie Le Pen

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    The mood of the French public right now is very far from sunny. The economy is barely growing, unemployment is high, and voters are fed up with politics as usual. All of which is fuelling the popularity of thefar right National Front, led by Marine Le Pen

  • 1:40:02 13th (2016)

    13th (2016)

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    The film begins with the idea that 25 percent of the people in the world who are incarcerated are incarcerated in the U.S. Although the U.S. has just 5% of the world's population. "13th" charts the explosive growth in America's prison population; in 1970,

  • 58:43 BBC Horizon (2016), S52E03: The Mystery of Dark Energy

    BBC Horizon (2016), S52E03: The Mystery of Dark Energy

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  • 59:28 Addicted to Sheep (2015)

    Addicted to Sheep (2015)

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    In the North Pennines, tenant farmers Tom and Kay spend their days looking after their flock of prized sheep, and hoping that this will be the year they breed the perfect one. Director Magali Pettier, herself a farmer's daughter, follows a year in their l

  • 1:34:52 A Venue for the End of the World (2014)

    A Venue for the End of the World (2014)

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    Haunted by uncanny similarities between Nazi stage techniques and the showmanship employed by modern entertainers, a filmmaker investigates the dangers of audience manipulation and leader worship.

  • 1:17:23 The Loving Story (2011)

    The Loving Story (2011)

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    A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Long Way Home: The Loving Story is a story of love and the struggle for dignity set

  • 1:36:03 The Last Man on the Moon (2014)

    The Last Man on the Moon (2014)

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    When Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan stepped off the moon in 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now, forty years later, is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story. Cernan's burning ambition carried

  • 56:45 The Zen Mind (2005)

    The Zen Mind (2005)

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    In the last fifty years the culture of Zen has spread far beyond Japan. Zen centers and zen retreats have sprung up throughout America and Europe. When Dogen, the founder of Soto Zen, brought Zen to Japan from China 800 years ago, it quickly took root and

  • 18:19 The Making of Taira No Kiyomori (1992)

    The Making of Taira No Kiyomori (1992)

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  • 1:31:32 Beyond the Tryline (2016)

    Beyond the Tryline (2016)

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    XV Beyond The Tryline takes you behind the scenes to understand what the sport of Rugby means to everyone who touches the game. With the backdrop and access point of the Rugby World Cup, it's a unique look at the big sport that's built around a big family