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The 10 Best Documentaries of the 2000s
by Eguaogie Eghosa Dec 14, 2021 Views (287)
The 2000s could be looked upon as the golden age for documentaries, as few documentaries have been able to affect the world as effectively as those made at the time. The 2000s had the most thought-provoking releases, with documentaries about corporate agribusiness, gun laws in the United States, and a frightening real crime documentary that impacted Netflix's approach to the genre.

1. Earthlings, (2005)
Earthlings similarly look into the food industry to Food, Inc., but it focuses much more on how cruel industrial farming is to animals, and it's a lot more effective. The distressing picture in the 2005 film is more than enough to convince viewers to become vegans.

The film sparked some debate because of its shocking content, but it wouldn't be nearly as captivating or important if it weren't for that exact material. Joaquin Phoenix is the ideal actor to narrate the documentary because he frequently promotes vegetarianism.

2. Dear Zachery: A Letter to A Son About His Father (2008)
When it comes to emotionally charged documentaries, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father is unrivalled in terms of leaving audiences fatigued and depleted of energy. The video is a visual letter to the son of a man who was slain before he was born, despite the film's lengthy title.

3. Home (2009)
 Home, unlike the majority of the highest-rated documentaries of the 2000s, does not try to manipulate spectators' emotional heartstrings.

Home is not an emotional film, and rather than attempting to change the world, it seeks to comprehend it.

Home is one of the most gorgeous documentaries that isn't a BBC docuseries because it is nearly entirely made up of aerial pictures of the world. However, there are still lessons to be learnt from the film, since it informs viewers about humanity's damage to the planet.

4. The Cove (2009)
The Cove accomplishes what all great films should: it raises public awareness of disturbing practices and elicits a genuine emotional response from its audience. The Cove is the most captivating and sad of all the documentaries from the 2000s that do this.

The film delves into the practice of dolphin hunting in Japan, and it's both educational and upsetting. The film goes into great depth on mass killings and captures, as well as how human consumption of dolphin meat can lead to mercury poisoning.

5. Touching The Void (2003)
While there are several mountain climbing documentaries, Touching the Void is the best. The 2003 film is a docudrama, which means it is as near to a true-to-life reconstruction of events as possible.

The film follows two climbing partners as they attempt to summit the Siula Grande, a previously unclimbed peak in the Peruvian Andes. It's a terrible, powerful story that may deter anyone from mountain climbing for the rest of their lives.

6. Stanley Kubrick: A Life In Pictures (2001)
One of Hollywood's best directors is Stanley Kubrick. He didn't stick to one style, and he directed multiple films that are considered classics in their genres, including The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Dr Strangelove.

However, a genius must have a peculiar work ethic. Jan Harlan, his long-time helper, created A Life in Pictures, which appropriately illustrates this. The video takes a close look at each of Kubrick's films in each chapter, and it's a must-see for every Kubrick lover.

7. Bowling For Columbine (2002)
Following the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, Michael Moore focused his one-of-a-kind investigative journalism on gun availability and the ease with which firearms may be obtained in the United States. Bowling For Columbine is a powerful film, particularly for international audiences. Moore receives a free gun when he opens a bank account, and there is a disturbing interview with Charlton Heston, a well-known Hollywood actor and NRA spokesperson.

Moore's best film, Bowling For Columbine, was a watershed moment for documentaries when it was initially screened at film festivals. The film was nominated for the most prestigious award in film, the Palme d'Or, at the Cannes Film Festival, and it has a slew of other awards.

8. Anvil: The Story Of Anvil (2008)
Anvil's Story Anvil is a real-life Canadian band, and the documentary follows them as they strive for success while being confronted with every obstacle imaginable.

Ironically, the documentary aided the band's recognition, and they went on to open for major acts like AC/DC and Saxon after the film's publication. The film encourages everybody who is creative, whether in music or not, to keep striving for success.

9. Sicko (2007)
Michael Moore is the precursor for world-changing documentaries in the 2000s when it comes to the documentary genre. Between Fahrenh
it 9/11 and Bowling For Columbine, the documentary filmmaker transformed the world's perspective on politics and guns. Moore's attention was drawn to American healthcare in 2007.

Moore investigates how people's lives have been wrecked as a result of the lack of healthcare for so many millions of US citizens. When contrasted to countries that provide free healthcare, which Moore also travels, it's even more appalling.

10. Food, Inc. (2008)
There are a plethora of popular food documentaries on Netflix that will pique viewers' interest, and streaming platforms, in general, are awash in cooking programmes that will make viewers salivate. Food, Inc., on the other hand, will go in the opposite direction.

Even food documentaries that persuaded audiences away from fast food, such as Super Size Me, made some people hungry, but this 2008 film will make a lot of people stop eating meat completely. Food, Inc. is a documentary that examines corporate farming in the United States, demonstrating how destructive it is to both animals and farmworkers.

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