Admit it: Sometimes it is nice to just kick back and get lost in the wonderful world of entertainment on the movie screen. However, there is only so much mindless entertainment that truly satisfies. But never fear, movie buffs, thanks to a slew of fascinating new documentaries, films with substance and style are no longer a rarity.
It’s been said that reality is even stranger than fiction. And considering how largely unimaginative most major box office fare has been lately (sequels and superheros, anyone?), it’s always good knowing there are more compelling options with storylines that really matter available for your viewing pleasure.
If you are new to the documentary genre, it can be difficult separating the gems from the duds. To help out, here are six documentaries that will not only rock your world, but fascinate you in the process.
A beautiful story of faith in action, the award-winning Freedom Fighter documents the selfless work of a human rights activist named El Shafie. In his travels to Afghanistan and Pakistan, he reaches out to people who’ve been persecuted for their religious beliefs and is a powerful voice for change.
While Chimpanzeeprovides plenty of opportunities to ooh and aah at the sheer cuteness of the chimp, there’s a more substantial journey of survival that can’t help but capture your heart. When a young chimp named Oscar is forced to navigate the jungle alone after the rest of his family abruptly leaves, an unexpected ally steps in and forever changes his life.
Described as an absolute game changer, 180is a bold statement against moral apathy around the issue of abortion. Filled with gritty, haunting images and compelling arguments that can’t help but make anyone think about the issue in a new way, the film shows how little time it can take to make a serious difference.
Whether you’re a sports fan or someone who thinks football is about as exciting as watching ice thaw, Undefeated is a movie where the ol’ pigskin is really a minor character. Set in the rough inner city of Memphis, Undefeated tells the story of how the efforts of one caring coach forever transforms the lives of students who don’t have real bright futures.
Beware of Christians
What does it really mean to be a follower of Jesus? That’s precisely what four college students seek to discover as they venture out from their normal American college lives. In fact, as this foursome leaves the comfy confines of home and ventures out into the great unknown of Europe, countless comedies of errors and run-ins with people unlike them forever shape their personal faith.
Hope Now For Youth
Gangs have been a problem in the United States and beyond for a while now. But how can we break this dangerous cycle and prevent future gangs from assembling? That’s been the mission of Hope Now, a group that helps rescue young men caught up in this dangerous world. And now with Hope Now for Youth, everyone gets a ringside seat to lives that have changed because people were willing to step up and help.