Now, you can learn with HBO documentaries

Every society that loves multimedia creations and therefore belonging to the audiovisual arts is aware that the series are the high point of any streaming content platform. This also happens in some of the trendy apps such as HBO, but the acceptance of the documentary genre and everything it offers to the viewer is increasingly gaining approval. This type of genre is always attributed to historical and nature-related documents that usually cause that feeling of boredom in the viewer.

On the other hand, it should be noted that the documentary is expanding the borders gradually and today there are many contents that are capable of entertaining and teaching more than a series. In addition, HBO is one of the platforms that host more types of documentaries, so below we will leave a few recommendations of the best content of this audiovisual genre.

Leaving Neverland

This documentary was created under the guidelines of the renowned Dan Reed. ‘Leaving Neverland’ tells the story of friendship between James Safechuck and Wade Robson with the King of Pop. This is how Michael Jackson was known and still known, although he was also the subject of controversy over harassment and pedophilia. In addition, all these events can be reflected in the compilation of heartbreaking interviews and testimonies of James and Wade. Among the curiosities and anecdotes of the documentary, it is worth mentioning some in particular.

Dan Reed says that it is not a movie of the King of Pop, but his misbehaviour.
  • Leaving Neverland has a duration of four hours of footage, divided into two parts.
  • The documentary was presented at the Sundance festival, although the Jackson family protested against the organization.
  • The HBO platform and producer received a defamation lawsuit of the King of Pop by the Jackson family.

What’s my name: Muhammad Ali

This documentary tells the sports and personal life of renowned boxer Muhammad Ali directed by Antoine Fuqua. It should be noted that during the creation of this film, the voices of the boxing king himself were used. In addition, this not only accommodates Ali’s sporting life, but also reviews his last years of life, when he was recognized as a symbol of humanity and tolerance.

Muhammad Ali is an example of struggle for the African-American community in the United States.

Among the most unknown features of the film, it should be noted that the director had to collect about 1,000 hours of recording in order to complete it. In addition, Fuqua avoids the most controversial issues of the boxer, such as cases or events of domestic violence or infidelities.

Elvis Presley: The Searcher

This documentary directed by Thom Zimmy narrates the evolution as a figure and man of the well-known Elvis Presley. It should be noted that the script for ‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ is provided by Alan Light. On the other hand, the music that was created especially for this film was composed by Mike McCready. Regarding its duration, it houses more than three hours in which the viewer can travel the life of the artist through interviews and testimonials.

The ‘King of Rock & Roll’ lived a life full of stories contained in this documentary.

Among the figures interviewed are: Priscilla Presley, Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris and Bruce Springsteen… who narrate the artistic life of Elvis. In the case of Priscilla Presley, Elvis’s ex-wife and executive producer of the documentary, she tells several secrets of the artist’s intimate life. In addition, during the course of this film, importance is given to the impact that Elvis’s music had on society.

Brillo Box

This documentary created in the image and likeness of Andy Warhol’s work. This plastic artist and American filmmaker born in the city of Pittsburgh created 17 boxes that were sold for thousands of dollars. Specifically, one of these boxes ‘Brillo Box’ managed to reach the figure of 3 million dollars. The main theme of this documentary is based on the ephemeral nature of art according to Andy Warhol himself, considered an icon of pop art.

The documentary has a total duration of 40 minutes from the view of Lisanne Skyler.

On the one hand, the director of this film work was Lisanne Skyler, who shows the viewer the path taken by the artist from his home to the international market. In addition, one of the details of these boxes was that the screen printing was a design by the impressionist James Harvey that was originally intended for wooden boxes. As an anecdote, Warhol is believed to have created a total of 93 large white boxes and 17 much smaller yellow boxes.

Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists

‘Deadline Artists’ matches its plot with the story of two New Journalism writers: Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill. These journalists were recognized for communicating the Kennedy killings, the death of Bernhard Goetz, the world outbreak of AIDS and even the ‘terrorist’ attacks of September 11 on the Twin Towers. It should be noted that Breslin and Hamill did not have university studies when they began writing for newspapers such as the New York Herald Tribune, Daily News, Newsday and New York Post. The documentary is directed by several directors such as: John Block, Jonathan Alter and Steve McCarthy

The premiere of ‘Deadline Artists’ took place in 2018 as a closing ceremony for Doc NYC.

The production of ‘Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists’ began in 2015 and during these dates the protagonists were interviewed on many occasions. In addition, these were not the only ones to report information to the directors, since figures such as Robert DeNiro, Spike Lee or Gay Talese also contributed their views on this story.

Before we are forgotten

The director of this documentary is Matías Gueilburt who aims to show the history of those people who lived and continue to fight against drug trafficking. These events have claimed the lives of more than 120,000 people because of guerrillas, murders and settling of scores among other altercations. It should be noted that President Felipe Calderón was in charge of announcing the measures to fight drug traffic.

On the one hand ‘Before we are forgotten’ uses the testimonies of those relatives and close friends of the people who lost their lives because of these businesses. In addition, this documentary also features the participation of relevant people from Mexico City such as the writer Paco I. Taibo II. As details to highlight, the music used as a soundtrack is the homonymous song by Jorge Hernández.

It will be chaos 

‘It Will Be Chaos’ was directed by Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo for HBO and narrates the European refugee crisis as the main theme. For the realization of this piece, many interviews were to asylum seekers fleeing war and repression. It should be noted that the main story of this documentary is based on the history of refugees on their trips to the EU. Specifically, on an Eritrean, Aregai, who survived the sinking of a ship in 2013 off the island of Lampedusa.

The documentary ‘It Will Be Chaos’ has received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Regarding the awards and nominations obtained, ‘It Will Be Chaos’ has had an unpolluted career. Among which we can highlight the following: Winner of an Emmy for dealing with current affairs and the humanitarian prize at the New York Socially Relevant Film Festival. In addition, as an anecdote after the arrival of Matteo Salvini, president of the port that closed the ports to the refugee ships, the documentary emerged victorious as Best Director at the 64th Taormina Film Festival.

Robin Williams: Come inside my mind

This documentary tells the life and great works of the magnificent actor Robin Williams, specifically from the 70s until his death in 2014. It should be noted that the person in charge of his direction was Marina Zenovich, winner of an Emmy for the documentary ‘Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired’. This documentary premiered as an anniversary after four years of the actor’s death and begins with his rise to fame after ‘Mork & Mindy’. In addition, it also narrates the achievement of winning an Oscar after playing Sean Maguire in ‘The Indomitable Will Hunting’.

Robin Williams managed to get smiles from people because what endures is not forgotten.

On the other hand, the film narrates the darkest fears of Robin Williams, problems with alcohol and drugs, or the depression he faced. But, without hesitation, the toughest problem of the actor was his illness, Parkinson’s, who suffered from Dementia with Lewy Bodies. All these dark feelings led Robin to seek peace and restart his brain in suicide in 2014.

Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge

It is believed that this documentary is about the life of the music group ‘Rolling Stone’, but it is based on telling the story of the music magazine. Under the joint direction of Blair Foster and Alex Gibney, this last one, an Oscar winner, the last 50 years of American music, politics and popular culture are transmitted thanks to this magazine. ‘Rolling Stone’ takes advantage of this documentary together with writers, journalists, and photographers to highlight their most emblematic articles:

  • The United States presidential election and process in 1972 covered by Hunter Thompson.
  • The election of the presidential candidacy of the United States in 2016 with Barack Obama.
  • The abduction of Patty Hearst and the hidden story behind it.
  • The death of Annie Leibovitz and the photograph she took just before this event.
  • The controversy that generated the Ice-T song, Cop Killer.
Rolling Stone magnifies with this documentary the work that exists behind its journalists.

In this documentary, viewers will be able to see unpublished content of recordings of the icons of the musical society. Among these are the cases of: Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Ice-T. It should be noted that this is narrated by the figure of actor Jeff Daniels.