We know it sounds counterintuitive: Sit on your couch and stream these films to gain greater insight into the state of the world. While traveling is one of the most effective ways to see the world from a new vantage point, watching thought-provoking films or reading life-altering autobiographies are undoubtedly more accessible ways of exposing yourself to different perspectives.
That said, if you want to expand your worldview, stream the best documentaries on HBO Go tonight. From a film that chronicles the last year of President Barack Obama's tenure from the perspective of his foreign policy team to a heart-warming documentary that follows a group autistic adolescents as they prepare for a formal dance, these compelling movies are more than worth your time. Keep scrolling for 10 recommendations to add to your queue stat.
The Final Year
Debuting on May 21, The Final Year chronicles the last year of President Obama's second term, focusing on the foreign-policy team. The film includes compelling interviews with former Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes. It's a must-watch documentary for every citizen.
Technically a documentary series, Being Serena provides an intimate look at the life of one of the best athletes of all time—from being to trailblazer to becoming a mother. The five-part series airs every Wednesday of the month of May with the finale airing on the 30. Sports fans, mark your calendars.
Warning: This Drug May Kill You
Available to watch on-demand on June 18, Warning: This Drug May Kill You delves into the devastation caused by opioid addiction. Candid interviews with members of four families affected by the epidemic shed a light on one of the most pressing problems the United States is currently facing.
How to Dance in Ohio
In How to Dance in Ohio, director Alexandra Shina explores the social struggles adolescents with autism face through a group of young adults as they prepare for a formal dance. Anyone who wants to become more familiar with the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States needs to add this documentary to their watch-list stat.
Oscar-nominated director Rebecca Cammisa exposes the lasting effects of toxic nuclear waste on St. Louis after it became a dumping ground for uranium in 1942 in Atomic Homefront. The film focuses on a group of moms-turned-activists who are seeking answers from everyone ranging from the EPA to the corporations that operate in the city.
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Premiering on HBO on May 17, A Girl in the River highlights the strain between adhering to traditions and evolving with modernity in Pakistan. The Oscar-winning film follows Saba, a young woman who survived an attempted honor killing by her own family for falling in love with a man they did not approve of.
Beware the Slenderman
This chilling documentary delves into the details of a brutal crime committed by two 12-year-old girls. Meeting at the intersection of enduring adolescent isolation, dealing with mental health issues, and navigating the nebulous of the Internet, Beware the Slenderman explores what happened leading up to and following the crime.
King in the Wilderness
Emmy-winning director Peter Kunhardt draws on archival footage, intimate behind-the-scenes interviews, and recorded conversations with President Johnson to paint a portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during his later years in the film King in the Wilderness. The result is a documentary that depicts the human rights advocate in a new light.
Everything Is Copy
Nora Ephron's son interviews the people closest to his mother, the accomplished and beloved screenwriter, essayist, and director in Everything Is Copy. Fans of Ephron's films (When Harry Met Sally) and books (I Feel Bad About My Neck) won't want to miss this one.
In Going Clear, Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney investigates arguably one of the beliefs that's most shrouded in mystery—Scientology. Filled with remarkable details, this chilling documentary sometimes seems more like a gripping thriller—but it's all true.
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