Summer can’t be all about sun, pools and BBQ’ing. We do get our rainy days and sometimes it’s just necessary to sit on our butts in air-conditioning with a big bowl of popcorn.
When the time comes, we have some stellar documentaries lined up for you.
20 FEET FROM STARDOM
We all know the voices from behind, but no one knows their names. This doc shines a spotlight on the untold true stories of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century . The film is full of triumph and heartbreak and lay a tribute to the unsung voices who brought style to popular music. It showcases how singers reflect on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent uplifting and harmonizing others.
WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS
Most of us have heard in the news the huge rage about Wikileaks, but what do we really know? In a tiny nutshell this doc is about the organization started by Julian Assange, and people involved in the collection and distribution of secret information and media by whistleblowers. This is not your ordinary documentary as it is suspenseful and full of drama – Docudrama could be one word to describe it.
HOW TO MAKE MONEY SELLING DRUGS
Eminem steps away from his music and speaks candidly about his addictions on camera. This documentary explores the drug trade and its various tentacles through a modern lens. It was co-produced by Entourage’s Adrian Grenier and also features interviews with 50 Cent, Woody Harrelson, Freeway Rick Ross, and The Wire’s David Simon.
Two years after the hunt for Osama bin Laden came to an end, this HBO doc traces the origins of that search to far earlier then the 9/11 attacked, and profiles a group of analysts, mostly women, who helped spearhead the effort. It’s extremely riveting and shows us what true determination us.
PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER
Filmed over the course of six months, this film tells the incredible story of three young women: Nadia, Masha and Katia; members of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot who performed a 40-second “punk prayer” inside Russia’s main cathedral. This performance led to their arrest on charges of religious hatred and culminated in a trial that has reverberated around the world and transformed the face of Russian society forever.