Documentaries are powerful, shocking, knowledgeable, and even heartbreaking in some cases, and that’s what connects us all. They take us deeper into a story and have a feeling of authenticity due to the historical footage, photographs, pre-recorded audio, etc.
From ‘The Tinder Swindler’, which follows a wealthy, jet-setting diamond mogul, who wooed women online and then conned them out of millions of dollars to PBS’ ‘Riveted: The History of Jeans’ that reveals the fascinating and surprising story of this iconic American garment that is worn by half the people on this globe, February saw some amazing documentaries!
There are many documentaries that cover a diverse range of topics with something for everyone! This goes from true crime, celebrities, sports, music, filmmaking, and more! From that one documentary film that everyone is talking about to one that you may have missed owing to the recent explosion of the docu-series format, here are our picks for documentaries you need to watch!
The Tinder Swindler
Posing as a wealthy, jet-setting diamond mogul, he wooed women online then conned them out of millions of dollars. Now some victims plan for payback. A group of women who were the victims of a dating app-based swindler joined together in an attempt to hunt him down and recover the millions of dollars that were stolen from them.
Find ‘The Tinder Swindler’ on Netflix: HERE
Directed by Coodie & Chike, ‘Jeen-Yuhs‘ follows the lives of an emerging superstar in this intense, intimate docuseries charting Kanye West’s career, filmed for over two decades. It is about the life of the rapper, record producer, businessman, and fashion designer Kanye West.
Find ‘jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy’ on Netflix: HERE
Downfall: The Case Against Boeing
Netflix’s ‘Downfall: The Case Against Boeing’ follows an investigation into the two Boeing 737 MAX crashes that killed 346 people. It explores both the root causes and the human cost, with the Investigators revealing how Boeing’s alleged priority of profit over safety could have contributed to two catastrophic crashes within months of each other.
Find ‘Downfall: The Case Against Boeing’ on Netflix: HERE
Starring Snoop Dogg, Regina King, Steve Harvey, Tiffany Haddish, Cedric The Entertainer, Crag Robinson and more, ‘Phat Tuesdays’ is a docuseries examining the influential 90’s comedy showcase started by Guy Torry. It helped launch the careers of some of the most famous Black comedians in the industry. The three-episode series celebrates Torry’s Phat Tuesdays at The Comedy Store.
Phat Tuesdays “is the inspiring story of how a little experiment to help Black comedians following the tragedy of the 1992 LA riots turned into a triumphant must-see experience,” as per Deadline.
Find ‘Phat Tuesdays’ on Amazon Prime Video: HERE
Alex Lowe is widely hailed as the greatest mountaineer of his generation. He was a towering figure in the world of outdoor sports but he loomed even larger for his oldest son, Max. Lowe’s oldest son was only eleven in 1999 when Alex was buried by an avalanche along with cameraman David Bridges. It happened while they were attempting to ski the north face of Mount Shishapangma in the Tibetan Himalaya.
Lowe’s and Bridges’ bodies were found by two climbers attempting the same route seventeen years after their deaths. In the following months, Lowe’s family journeyed to the remote mountain to recover them. This powerful and deeply moving new documentary ‘TORN’ has been directed by Max Lowe. He examines the long-buried feelings this unearthed for him and his family, including his mother, Jennifer; his younger brothers, Sam and Isaac; and his stepfather, Conrad Anker, Alex’s climbing partner, and best friend.
Find ‘Torn’ on Disney+ Hotstar: HERE
Riveted: The History of Jeans
PBS’ ‘Riveted: The History of Jeans’ reveals the fascinating and surprising story of this iconic American garment that is worn by half the people on this globe at any given moment. Jeans have become a staple of clothing all over the plan. From presidents and supermodels to farmers and artists, all of them wear it. It is more than just an item of apparel.
“America’s tangled past is woven into the indigo blue fabric. From its roots in slavery to its connection to the Wild West, youth culture, the civil rights movement, rock, and roll, hippies, high fashion and hip-hop, jeans are the canvas on which the history of American ideology and politics is writ large,” states the PBS website.
Watch ‘Riveted: The History of Jeans’: HERE
‘Lincoln’s Dilemma’ is based on historian David S. Reynolds’ award-winning book, ‘Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times’. It features insights from journalists, educators, and scholars. In addition to this, rare archival materials offer a more nuanced look into the life of the Great Emancipator. This Apple TV+ docu-series is set against the background of the Civil War.
“’Lincoln’s Dilemma’ also gives voice to the narratives of enslaved people, shaping a more complete view of an America divided over issues including the economy, race, and humanity, and underscoring Lincoln’s battle to save the country, no matter the cost,” as per Rotten Tomatoes.
The four-part docuseries is narrated by award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright (‘Angels in America’, ‘No Time To Die’). ‘Lincoln’s Dilemma’ also features the voices of actor Bill Camp (‘The Queen’s Gambit’, ‘The Night Of’) as Lincoln and Leslie Odom Jr. (‘Hamilton’, ‘The Many Saints in Newark’) as Frederick Douglas.
Find ‘Lincoln’s Dilemma’ on Apple TV+: HERE
Race: Bubba Wallace
‘Race: Bubba Wallace’ is a Netflix docu-series that follows race car driver Bubba Wallace’s rise to the elite ranks of NASCAR as the only full-time Black driver. It sees the aftermath that followed his decision to speak out about racial injustice. It includes access to him during the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season and “how he uses his voice and talent to change the sport.”
Find ‘Race: Bubba Wallace’ on Netflix: HERE