With only a weekend left in April, we’ve compiled a list of documentaries that have been released this month. A researcher’s effort to document rare species, a mystery double life unknown to a pilot’s family, and how far will a company go to push an image of ‘All American’ are just a few of the enticing stories that debuted in April 2022. Join some of the best storytellers, including President Barack Obama.
Below is a list of documentaries that launched in April on a variety of themes that you should check out!
Jimmy Saville: A British Horror Story
This two-part docuseries is based on the life of Jimmy Savile, one of the most well-known TV personalities in the United Kingdom. He was a well-known English figure who rose to prominence as a DJ, radio, and television host. He was accused of sexually abusing around 400 young women and children during his lifetime after his death in 2011. The film looks at Jimmy’s deceit and how he was able to deceive an entire country for decades.
He was knighted and designated an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his charity work and philanthropy. Interviewed in the documentary are accounts from journalists, TV reporters, and other public officials.
Stream ‘Jimmy Saville: A British Horror Story’ on: Netflix
Return to Space
‘Return to Space‘ will follow SpaceX CEO and Chief Engineer Elon Musk and NASA as they work together to return NASA astronauts to the International Space Station in May 2020. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship was used to launch astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station for the first time.
It’s a fascinating documentary about space, astronomy, and engineering. Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Vasarhelyi, Oscar-winning filmmakers, made this documentary film. ‘Free Solo’ (2018), ‘The Rescue’ (2021), and ‘Meru’ (2015) are some of their works.
Watch ‘Return to Space’ on: Netflix
Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star
Senzo Meyiwa, a South African soccer player, died tragically in 2014. The five-part docuseries will explore his life and the inquiry surrounding his demise. It will reveal details about what transpired the night he was shot and killed after an alleged robbery gone wrong. The real-crime docuseries investigates whether numerous people were engaged or if a paid hitman was involved, as well as whether there was a cover-up. It also examines probable suspects and their motives and the seven persons who were present at the time of the footballer’s death.
Watch ‘Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star’ on: Netflix
‘Polar Bear,’ a documentary film from Disney Nature, is about the life of a mother polar bear in the Arctic. In order to endure the worst, she must raise her pups in the face of tough surroundings, predators, and climate change. In an increasingly challenging society, her childhood memories prepare her for parenting.
The narration in the film is delivered by actress Catherine Keener (‘Get Out’). The film was directed by Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson. Also released in April by Disney is ‘Bear Witness’. An overview of the film’s team and the difficulties they faced while filming at the North Pole.
Watch ‘Polar Bear’ On: Disney+
Explorer: The Last Tepui
In ‘Explorer: The Last Tepui,‘ an experienced climbing team led by rock climbers Alex Honnold and Mark Synnott travels to South America to help biologist Bruce Means reach the summit of a Guyanese tepui. They’re on a mission to learn more about the area’s biodiversity and undiscovered animal species.
Risking their lives on the steep and marshy slopes, they quest to identify the rare species that are exclusive to this area. Renan Ozturk, a National Geographic photographer and climber, and documentary filmmaker Taylor Rees serve as its directors.
Watch ‘Explorer: The Last Tepui’ on: Nat Geo TV
The Invisible Pilot
In the 1970s, Gary Betzner, a bold and passionate pilot, resided in Arkansas with his family. He was a crop-dusting pilot who narrowly avoided multiple plane crashes and mishaps. He sadly plunged from a bridge in 1977, despite appearing to have a happy life. It was then determined and uncovered that he was working as an international drug courier, making millions of dollars. A three-part documentary follows his transition from a family man to a drug dealer while participating in secret U.S. government operations.
It is directed by Phil Lott and Ari Mark, with Adam McKay serving as executive producer. McKay’s prior works include ‘Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty’, ‘Succession’, and ‘Q: Into The Storm’.
Watch ‘The Invisible Pilot’ on: HBO MAX
They Call Me Magic
Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s life and legacy will be chronicled in this four-part documentary. It will detail his humble beginnings, basketball success, and eventual retirement after testing positive for HIV. It will also highlight his activities outside of basketball, such as his community service, activism, and entrepreneurial endeavors.
Members of the Johnson family, sports journalist Fred Stabley Jr., former US President Barack Obama, hip-hop musicians LL Cool J and Snoop Dogg, actor Samuel L Jackson, and retired NBA stars Dwayne Wade, Larry Bird, Shaquille O’Neal, and Michel Jordan are among those featured in the documentary.
Watch ‘They Call Me Magic’ on: Apple TV
Our Great National Parks
‘Our Great National Parks‘ joins Netflix’s already extensive catalog of nature-themed video series. The nature documentary series will feature Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, Madagascar’s Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Patagonia Nature Preserve in Chile, and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Learn how a sloth could be the cure for a variety of ailments and how important national parks have grown in recent years.
President Barack Obama narrates a five-part documentary series. As he mentions in the trailer, “Around the world, the more isolated the national park, the more unusual its creatures and the more extraordinary their behavior.”
Stream ‘Our Great National Parks’ on: Netflix
‘Captive Audience‘ is a true-crime docuseries that follows the Stayner family through two shocking and heartbreaking incidents. In 1972, Steven Stayner was kidnapped and taken. He went away for seven years before reuniting with his family. His older brother, Cary, on the other hand, went on to become a serial killer and is currently serving time for his vicious crimes.
Jessica Dimmock directs the docuseries which will include family members, news reporters, and others who followed the story in the 1970s. Its executive producers are Joe and Anthony Russo.
Watch ‘Captive Audience’ on: Hulu
White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch
American retailer and lifestyle brand – Abercrombie & Fitch is the subject of this Netflix documentary. It unearths the questionable practices at the once-iconic clothing label. Setting a precedent, the company ensured that it branded an ‘All American’ image while engaging in dishonest, racial, and discriminative company operations.
Alison Klayman is the director of the documentary. In a tweet, she expressed, “This film is for everyone who came of age in those years when the brand and its exclusionary vision of what it meant to be ‘all-American’ were touchstones in the culture. I can’t wait for you all to watch!”
Watch ‘White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch’ on: Netflix