Thursday 8 December 2016

Five documentaries to watch this Bank Holiday weekend

Karen Twomey

Published 29/10/2016 | 14:46

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Staying in this Bank Holiday weekend? Here are some great documentaries you can catch up on that aren't spooky.

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Meet the Patels

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A heartwarming and hilarious look at online dating and arranged marriages as Indian-American actor Ravi Patel (Master of None) embarks on a quest to find a wife. This documentary works so well because it is shot by Ravi's filmmaker sister, Geeta Patel, and features various members of their family and friends who help him on his search for love, giving it a very organic and personal feel. A lot of documentaries focus on heavy or historical subjects, and although this examines issues like religion, it never looses it humorous tone. A great watch.

Tickled

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An unusual one, perfect for lazy Sunday mornings. It follows journalist David Farrier who intends to make a fun documentary looking at an international tickling competition. It takes some bizarre but fascinating turns as he delves deeper into the fetish event. The project was funded by Kickstarter with a donation from Stephen Fry.

OJ Simpson - Made in America

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It may be OJ overload this year following the fantastic Oj Vs the People American Crime Story show but this is gives a refreshingly different angle. This five-part (eight hour) series takes and an in-depth look at OJ's life and trial. More than anything though it is an unflinching look at the role class politics and race played in what was (and still is) the most high profile case in american history. A gripping story masterfully told.

She's Beautiful When She's Angry

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This documentary tells the story of the incredible women who formed the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. It goes between footage from the past and present day on the women's fight for equal rights, focusing mostly on abortion and childcare rights. Even though this is about events which took place 50 years ago, it is still frighteningly relevant today.

Hillsborough

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This is documentary isn't and easy watch but it's a necessary one. The BBC documentary replays the events of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and follows the families and survivors on their 26-year fight for justice. It's a shocking and devastating look at the tragic event and subsequent police cover ups.

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