By now, it should come as no surprise that we're fans of documentaries here at MyDomaine headquarters. We've previously shared the travel documentaries that have inspired us to alter our vacation plans, the food documentaries that have motivated us to pick up chef's knives, and the health documentaries that have opened our eyes to the startling reality of the sugar industry in America. In short, we're always searching for nonfiction films to add to our queues.
Which is why we recently expanded out sights beyond Netflix and HBO Go's offerings to scroll through Hulu's library of films in the genre. Spanning a behind-the-scenes look at the journalists behind one of the most respected newspapers in the country to an inspirational story of ballroom dancing breaking down racial prejudices, the best documentaries on Hulu altered how we view the world—and we think they'll have a similar effect for you too. So without further ado, here are 10 thought-provoking documentaries to steam stat.
Director Brett Morgan's lauded documentary presents Jane Goodall's groundbreaking chimpanzee research in a whole new light. Featuring never-before-seen footage from National Geographic's archive, Jane chronicles the scientist's determination to break into the male-dominated field, her relationship with her cameraman and husband, and the bonds she made with the primates she studied.
Page One: Inside The New York Times
In Page One, director Andrew Rossi chronicles a year in the life of The New York Times, focusing on the evolution of the iconic print newspaper in an increasingly digital world. Released in 2011, this documentary gives viewers a glimpse into how some of the world's most distinguished reporters analyze and report on complex truths.
Following a high school step team, Step delves into the lives of a group of young women chasing their dreams—to win a championship and be accepted into college. If you need another reason to add this inspirational documentary to your watch list, know that Michelle Obama is a fan.
He Named Me Malala
In this film, director Davis Guggenheim offers an intimate portrait of the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. After being targeted by the Taliban for seeking out an education, Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai became recognized worldwide as an advocate for girls education. Consider He Named Me Malala required watching.
The subject of 2010's Tabloid sounds more like a fictional psychological thriller than a true crime narrative. In this gripping documentary, filmmaker Errol Morris tells the story of a former Miss Wyoming pageant queen who's accused of kidnapping and raping a Mormon missionary in England.
The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014 inspired the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri, to push back and sparked a powerful revival of the civil rights movement. In Whose Streets?, residents turned activists are the ones in front of the camera relaying their firsthand accounts of the months following the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in their community.
Dancing in Jaffa
World-renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine undertakes the task of teaching 10-year-old Palestinian-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli children to dance in Dancing in Jaffa. Touching on complex issues of racial segregation, prejudice, and identity, the film shows how dance is can bring people together despite their differences.
City of Gold
Get a glimpse into Pulitzer Prize–winning Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold's view of Los Angeles. Filmmaker Laura Gabbert captures the diversity, colorful neighborhoods, and experimental culture of L.A. through the lens of food in City of Gold. Fans of Anthony Bourdain's CNN series Parts Unknown and Netflix's Chef's Table won't want to miss this one.
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
This unbelievable true crime documentary explores the case of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez, four Latina lesbians who were wrongly convicted of gang-raping two young girls. In fact, Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four garnered so much public support that the women were finally exonerated.
A Place at the Table
Created by the producers of Food, Inc., the documentary A Place at the Table examines the hunger crisis in the United States. Confronted with the startling fact that one in four children don't know where their next meal is coming from, you'll never look at your plate the same way again.