Films may be the stories inspired by life, but documentaries are life. They are not something spiced up for our entertainment, they are not full of characters that were specifically drawn up to be loved by us, they don’t try to tone down the reality of the story to suit the comfort of the audience. They show reality from every angle, telling the stories of real people, without make-up, without touch-ups. Real stories of real people. They can be hard-hitting, opening up the harshest truths of humanity, laying them bare in front of the world that’d rather turn its back on the problem than produce a plausible solution. Other times, they can be fun and entertaining and something that just pokes at you to be the same.
They can be the tales of horror and dread, they can be the source of inspiration and perseverance. They can strengthen our already cemented beliefs, or completely shatter them, prodding us to widen the horizons of our minds. In any case, documentaries are great. This year looks good as some promising projects are on the horizon. Of the myriad of these, the following is the list of the upcoming new documentaries that are coming out in 2019. We hope of that these latest documentaries are as soon as some of the recent ones.
20. Leaving Neverland (2019)
The Michael Jackson documentary that made waves at Sundance Film Festival this year. Directed and produced by British filmmaker Dan Reed, the film focuses on two men, Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck, who allege they were sexually abused by the pop star Michael Jackson as children. They sued the Jackson estate in 2013, but the case was dismissed. The documentary looks into thoroughly into their allegations that is said to be described graphically in the film, so much so, that therapists were brought in for people who attended the premiere in case they needed help.
19. Untouchable (2019)
The last couple of years were a time full of upheavals in Hollywood. The movements for equality in pay and the revealing of sexual assaults by some big names changed the course for the best. Harvey Weinstein was one of the biggest names in Hollywood until this wave came along. He became the perfect example of “the bigger they are, the harder they fall”, and now, almost everyone knows his whole story, thanks to the massive media coverage. However, if you still have any questions about what he actually did and what’s happened to him now, this is the documentary you should watch.