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Best Observational Documentaries To Watch in 2021

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Do you love documentaries? If yes, then we have already written about space documentaries, true crime documentaries, and best documentaries for writers. But now, we are going to disclose the best observational documentaries that are must-watch. If you haven’t watched these before, you should watch them in 2021.

As documentaries are based on real-life events, they are very effective and can help a person learn from the life lessons of other successful persons. There are mainly six types of documentaries and one of them is observational. If we talk about the observational documentary, it emphasizes the real footage of real-life.

The best observational documentaries are Armadillo, Brother’s Keeper, and Salesman, Children Underground, Knuckle, Sister Helen, and Rough Aunties.

To know more about these documentaries, you should read the full article because we have mentioned each observational documentary in detail with IMDb ratings.

Best Observational Documentaries To Watch in 2021

The below-listed observational documentaries have got a positive rating on the internet. All these are easily available on YouTube, Netflix, and other streaming platforms.

Armadillo

Best Observational Documentaries To Watch in 2021; Amadillo
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Released in 2010, Armadillo is one of the best observational documentaries that you can watch in 2021. It is based on the dispute in Afghanistan due to the Taliban and the Danish soldiers from the Guard Hussars Regiment who were sent there to stabilize the country. The documentary has been directed and produced by Janus Metz & Ronnie Fridthjof. Its total length is 101 minutes and is available in the Danish and English languages. The IMDb rating of Armadillo documentaries is 7.5/10.

Brother’s Keeper

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It is a 1992 film directed and produced by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. This documentary was released in January 1992 and it revolves around the story of a 1990 murder in the village of New York. The production company of Brother’s Keeper is Wellspring Media Inc. It is distributed by Creative Thinking International Ltd. The total length of the documentary is 104 minutes and it is available in the English language. Talking about the box office collection, it was over $1 million. 

Salesman

Best Observational Documentaries To Watch in 2021; Salesman
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Written by Albert Maysles, Salesman is a documentary about a salesman who used to sell Bible door-to-door. This directory has been directed and produced by the brothers Albert and David Maysles, and Charlotte. In addition, it is also beautifully written and edited by both of them. It is distributed by Maysles Films and was released on April 17, 1969 (in the United States). The total running time of Salesman is 91 minutes and it is available in the English language. The salesman has an IMDb rating of 7.8/10.

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Children Underground

Best Observational Documentaries To Watch in 2021; Children Underground
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With 8.3/10 ratings on IMDb, Children Underground is one of the best observational documentaries of all time. It is an American documentary film released in 2001. The producer and director of this film is Edet Belzberg. The story of Children Underground is related to the lives of five homeless Romanian children who fight and abuse themselves and become addicted to Aurolac. The documentary features Cristina Ionescu and Mihai Alexandru Tudose. Its total length is 104 minutes.

Knuckle

Best Observational Documentaries To Watch in 2021; Knuckles
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Knuckle is a 2011 documentary film about the world of three Pavees families(also known as Irish travelers) and their bare-knuckle boxing. The documentary has been directed in Ireland by Ian Palmer. Its running time is 96 minutes and is also available in the English language. The main role in this film has been played by James Quinn McDonagh, Michael Quinn McDonagh, Paddy, Christy (Ditsy) Walford, Thomas (Spike) Nevin, Ian Palmer, and many more. Knuckle has an IMDb rating of 6.8/10.

Sister Helen

Best Observational Documentaries To Watch in 2021; Sister Helen
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Sister Helen is an observational documentary about Sister Helen Travis who spent the last years of her life opening a private home for recovering alcoholics in the slum of the South Bronx. This documentary has been amazingly directed by Rebecca Cammisa and Rob Fruchtman. Sister Helen was nominated for 4 awards and as of now, it has won 4 awards. The documentary was released back in January 2002 and its total length is 90 minutes. The IMDb rating is 7.7/10.

Rough Aunties

Best Observational Documentaries To Watch in 2021; Rough Aunties
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Directed by Kim Longinotto, Rough Aunties is a documentary film about a group of 5 fearless women” Rough Aunties” who stand to protect the abused children of Durban. This documentary has won a total of 5 awards. It was released in 2010 and is available in English and the Zulu language. The total running time of this documentary is 103 minutes. It has 7.1/10 IMDb ratings.

Conclusion

All these are the best observational documentaries that you can watch in 2021. Each documentary deals with real-life events and unknown facts.

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What are the 6 types of documentaries?

The six types of documentaries include poetic, expository, reflexive, observational, performative, and participatory.

What are the 5 elements of a documentary?

The five elements of a documentary are Interviews, Cutaways, Chill Footage, Process Footage, and Archives.

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