Five documentaries that will change your life


Katie Lane


In an ever growing age of knowledge and multimedia, often the power of documentary films is overlooked. Simplistic but informative, moving and passionate, these five documentaries will change the way you see things in your daily life. From art to government, each one has something incredible to offer. Knowledge is the best weapon.



An absolute must see, Collapse is an interview-based documentary on the sensitive subject of Peak Oil and the corruption of the U.S. Government.

Narrated by Michael Ruppert, a former Los Angeles Police officer and investigative journalist, he has spent years focusing his life on telling people about the truths behind government lies. In an almost made for movie way, Ruppert tells of his life, and how he was thrown into this knowledge.

He pulls the veil off of the unknown and leaves you questioning everything you think you know.


Life in a Day

Through the power of YouTube, directors Ridley and Tony Scott asked people to film themselves on July 24, 2010 and answer a few questions. What follows is a movie simplistically put together, showing the lives of people from all over the world.

There is no script to follow, no acting to be done…just simply the day to day lives of various people in various cultures filmed by themselves.

It’s a raw and moving documentary on the human condition. It shows with perfect clarity the diversity of life and the passion that still exists in the human race.


God Grew Tired of Us

In 1983 Sudan experienced a Civil War killing over 2 million people. North Sudan and South Sudan were pitted against each other in a war caused by British Colonization. Boys were taken from their families and killed or forced to become soldiers.

The Sudanese girls were raped and re-located to other “adoptive” families as it was deemed bad in Sudanese culture for women to be alone.

Several years and 1,000 miles later, upwards of 27,000 Sudanese boys, ages 5-10, walked to find refuge. The UN set up a refugee camp in Kakuma Kenya where many of them finally made it safely. Their numbers had dwindled to 12,000.

In 2001, the United States and the United Nations set up a program to allow these “Lost Boys of Sudan” to re-locate to the United States. Never in their short tumultuous lives had they seen what it was like to live in a country such as the United States. A light switch, dish soap and packaged potato chips are some of the things they encounter upon entering the United States that baffle them beyond belief.


Dear Zachary

Friends and family come together to form a gut wrenching and heart breaking documentary about the life of deceased Andrew Bagby. He was found dead under “suspicious” circumstances.

When his murder is pinned on an ex-lover, his family is torn apart by the drama and pain she causes as she announces she’s pregnant with Bagby’s baby.

In a horrible turn of events, you’ll find yourself crying over the injustice of things, and wishing dearly that you could in some way have changed the lives of people you never even knew.


The Art of the Steal

Albert Barnes, a self made millionaire of his time, puts together the largest and most invaluable collection of art available to the average person. Not to be placed in a museum setting, Barnes sets together an art collection so large with skill and knowledge before his time. He purchased art that was seen, in 1912, to not be worth anything. From Matisse to Renoir, Albert Barnes collected art from various artists that would later be sought by thousands.

After Barnes death, there are several people who want to move the art and make it more accessible to the public. What follows is an ongoing legal battle to preserve the “original” setting for the Barnes Foundation.


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Five documentaries that will change your life

by Katie Lane time to read: 3 min