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How to Find and View the Best Documentary Films
Where to find free documentaries online without downloads. Set up your own free virtual documentary theater.

How to Locate and See the Best and Most Inspiring Documentary Films

".... At their best, documentaries don‘t merely entertain us, they engage and inspire us to action...."

All it takes is a high speed broadband internet connection, and a recent download of Adobe Flash and you can spend 100's of hours watching some top notch full length documentaries totally free.... without the need for software or downloads of any kind.

You can even set up your own virtual documentary theater for free at your website, your MySpace or Facebook page, or your blog and treat your visitors to YOUR favorite documentaries.

Documentary Portals ".... provides documentary film information and resources to both viewers and filmmakers.... readers to add documentary films, festivals, events and resources to relevant sections of the site..... provide a valuable resource to those with an interest in documentary films while simultaneously helping independent documentary filmmakers and festival coordinators promote their films and events...." ".... maximizes the impact of social-issue documentaries and shorts. By engaging with the MediaRights community, filmmakers reach audiences, educators and librarians bring films into their classroom, and nonprofits and activists integrate media into their campaigns. We invite you to join our community by becoming a member (it's free). As a member you will get our monthly email newsletter, including articles and timely events. Read our 10 reasons to join or take the tour to see what MediaRights can offer you...".

AMC Historic overview of the documentary genre.

Watch Free Documentary Films Online "... Watch free documentaries online in your browser without registration or download. Enjoy a collection of the best documentary films you can find on the web...." Has a catalog of 170+ titles and growing... many politically-oriented docs not available elsewhere. This popular free movie site offers dozens of documentaries and documentary shorts in Flash without a download. System and software requirements. Top 50 documentaries.... for starters. Many more available. ".... watch free documentary films online .... attempts to offer full watchable documentaries and information on documentaries by quoting reviews from trusted sources...." List of documentaries.

SnagFilms ".... is committed to finding the world‘s most compelling documentaries, whether from established heavyweights or first-time filmmakers, and making them available to the wide audience these titles deserve.... a website where you can watch full-length documentary films for free, but we’re also a platform that lets you “snag” a film and put it anywhere on the web...." See more information on SnagFilms in right hand column including examples of most popular documentaries.->

Documentary Films Forums and Blogs Forum

Documentary Film Festivals

Media That Matters Film Festival ".... is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day.... From gay rights to global warming, the jury-selected collection represents the work of a diverse group of independent filmmakers, many of whom are under 21. The films are equally diverse in style and content, with documentaries, music videos, animations, experimental work and everything else in between. What all the films have in common is that they spark debate and action in 12 minutes or less. Every June, Media That Matters presents a new collection of twelve shorts...." Watch select documentaries online for free.

Watch Documentaries on TV

HBO Documentary Films "... offers a full spectrum of stellar, non-fiction programming by acclaimed documentary filmmakers. Taking viewers from the little-known, hidden corners of society, to the incredible lives of the world's fascinating inhabitants and from the shocking reality that is everyday America to astonishing destinations around the world, HBO and Cinemax's powerful, uncompromising and award-winning films are among the most critically-acclaimed and award-winning programs within the documentary genre...."

Where to Buy Documentary Films

The Kartemquin Store ".... For over 40 years, Kartemquin Films has been making documentaries that examine and critique society through the stories of real people. Kartemquin's first film in 1966, Home For Life – a powerful chronicle of two elderly people entering a home for the aged, established the direction the organization would take over the next four decades. With a record number of films currently in development and production, Kartemquin is poised to continue this legacy for years to come...."

Documentaries Blogs's Blog on Documentaries Up to date information on current releases. The page is also a gateway to a wide variety of information on documentary films.

Funding of Documentary Films ... and Documentaries Seeking Funding "... an educational project with a bold mission:

Diffuse hatred and prejudice through documentary films that expose viewers to unrealized elements of cultures from every country in order to encourage each other to expand our horizons and challenge ourselves to discover the oneness of life and the interdependence of all beings.

This is a labor of love – a large scale project in need of large scale thinkers who are dedicated to and believe in the genuine beauty of their communities, without judgment or prejudice...." "... is owned and operated by the Center for Media Change, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit corporation based in Palo Alto, California. The mission of the Center for Media Change, Inc. is to enrich our culture by facilitating the creation and distribution of more high-quality documentaries. Contributions to the Center for Media Change, Inc. and to individual documentary projects posted and displayed on the site are tax deductible as allowed under U.S. federal law...."

Documentary Film Associations

International Documentary Association "... has worked to promote nonfiction film and video, support the efforts of documentary film and video makers around the world and increase public appreciation for the documentary form..... a forum and voice for documentarians around the world. IDA currently serves over 2,800 members in over 50 countries, offering programs, seminars, lectures, workshops, and screenings for those members and the general public...." Register for free access to community including forum and blogs.


Watch Full Length Documentary Films Online and Then Set Up Your Own Virtual Documentary Theater ... all for Free!

Here's a great way to locate and share your favorite documentary films with visitors to your website, you MySpace or Facebook page, and/or your blog... and in so doing invite your visitors to take action and support a charity connected with the topic of that documentary.

SnagFilms ".... a website where you can watch full-length documentary films for free, but we’re also a platform that lets you “snag” a film and put it anywhere on the web. With a library of over 850 films, and rapidly growing, you’re bound to find films that resonate with your interests. We make it easy for you to find a film that shines a light on a cause you care about. You can then open a virtual movie theater on any web site, so any one can watch your favorite SnagFilms for free.... By streaming films worldwide, on-demand, 24x7 and with no software installation or downloading required, we have radically expanded the audience for documentary films. All you need is a decent broadband connection. Just click play, go full-screen, and lean back and enjoy our films.... We provide a link for you to a charity related to the topic of each film (many of them selected by the filmmaker) so you can get involved, immediately.  And just by embedding our widgets, you’ve donated your pixels and helped support independent film....."

Below is a sample listing of some of's most popular documentaries

CLICK HERE to search and view the 800+ other full length documenaries

Nanking The powerful story of 200,000 Chinese who were saved during the "Rape of Nanking" by a small group of unarmed Westerners.
The Waterkeepers The heroic efforts of river, bay and soundkeepers from Alaska to North Carolina
The Impaler Warning: Adult Content – A Satanic Dark Priest runs for governor
Churning the Sea of Time A Journey up the Mekong Delta, through Vietnam and Cambodia to the great ruins at Angkor.
Keeper of the Kohn Many challenges are ahead for Peter Kohn, a beloved collegiate lacrosse field manager who is believed to be autistic
The Hudson Riverkeepers A decades-long battle to protect one of the nation's great rivers, the Hudson
Messner The world's greatest mountain climber, looks back over his career with surprising candor.
Moscow Cat Theater Creative Director Vladimir and daughter Maria combine their love of cats and stage to create the Moscow Cat Theater
Robinson Crusader The battle to protect the privacy of the Forbidden Island
Hell on Wheels The Birth of All-Girl Roller Derby
Farther Than the Eye Can See One of the top adventure films of all time -- blind climber Eric Weihenmayer's renowned summit of Mt. Everest
A whitewater expedition through the upper Mekong, Salween and Yangtze rivers
In Debt We Trust While more and more Americans "max out" credit cards, power shifts to fewer and fewer hands
7 Days in September A moving account of the tragic events of September 11, 2001
Under Our Skin A dramatic tale of microbes, medicine and money
21 Days to Baghdad A comprehensive, inside look at the military campaign to topple Saddam Hussein
Follows the 2004 campaign of Jeff Smith, a young professor at Washington University
Paper Clips Children of Whitwell, TN collect 6 million paper clips representing jews killed in the Holocaust
Girl 27 The reclusive Patricia Douglas comes out of hiding to discuss the 1937 MGM scandal
Heavy Metal in Baghdad Warning: Adult Content – Follows Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda from the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to the present
The End of America Best-selling author Naomi Wolf (The Beauty Myth) makes a chilling case that American democracy is under threat
Skid Row Warning: Adult Content – Pras from The Fugees goes undercover to experience first-hand what life is like on Skid Row.
Asteroids: Deadly Impact Is Earth at the mercy of asteroids or can we defend ourselves from a cosmic collision?
Witness amazing great white shark behavior that will forever alter your views of the infamous creature
The Least of These Activists discover immigrant children are being detained in a former medium-security prison in Texas
Off the Grid: Life On The Mesa Warning: Adult Content – Far from mainstream society, a community clings to their unique vision of the American dream
Red Without Blue Warning: Adult Content – A pair of identical twins as one transitions from male to female
Featuring purported proof of alien existence in the form of interviews with government scientists and astronaut Gordon Cooper
Super Size Me Morgan Spurlock eats a McDonald's-only diet for thirty days straight.
The Noble Horse Discover the power and mystery of one of nature's most magnificent creatures
Cracked Not Broken Warning: Adult Content- A glimpse into the lifestyle of a highly intelligent drug addict- and her search for redemption
Chahinaz: What Rights for Women? A 20 year-old Algerian woman wonders what life is like for women in other Muslim countries
Born Again Director Markie Hancock's evangelical upbringing and her 20-year struggle to get out
Tornado Intercept Go on a collision course with a deadly twister as over the edge filmmakers capture some incredible images
Iranian Kidney Bargain Sale Warning: Adult Content – Follows young Iranians through the organ trade process: from first encounter to kidney removal
What Would Jesus Buy? The Shopocalypse is upon us...Who will be $aved?
Charles Chaplin's later life, after being forced to leave the USA in 1952
The Times of Harvey Milk The Oscar-winning documentary about the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first openly gay elected official
The World’s Best Prom Racine, Wisconsin, an otherwise humble Midwestern town, is mightily obsessed with the senior prom.
Peter Jennings Reporting: How to Get Fat Without Really Trying How the government is contributing to America's obesity epidemic
Kicking It Thousands of players around the globe train hard and compete to be part of the Homeless World Cup.
Black, White and Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe Warning: Adult Content – The relationship between Sam Wagstaff, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Patti Smith
A Pug’s Life Pugs and their owners in California, New York, and London
20 Cans of Chunky Beef Soup The story of Maxim Vakhmin, an alleycat of a man, as New York put his nine lives to the test
Under Our Skin A dramatic tale of microbes, medicine and money



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