For those looking to learn real and important facts about the world through what they watch, they are likely to elect to watch a documentary. In 2015, these documentaries are more plentiful and accessible than ever before. Today there exist thousands of documentaries to satisfy everyone’s tastes.
This article will focus on a particular type of documentary, ones that hold extremely powerful messages and tug on the heart strings and the emotions of the viewer. So read on and see our list of the 10 most powerful documentaries to come out since the year 2000.
Released in 2014 and directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, Virunga tells the story of four characters who are fighting to protect and conserve the Virunga National Park, which is located in the Congo. These individuals look to protect the area from war, poaching and oil exploration. The park is also home to the world’s last mountain gorillas. In addition to following around the fours subjects of the documentary, the film also focuses on the biodiversity and beauty of Virunga, while also exploring the complex political and economic issues that take place in the region surrounding the oil exploration and armed conflict. The film was nominated for the Best Documentary at the Academy Awards.