Underground Film Journal

Streaming: Documentary

To find the most wonderfully challenging, thought-provoking and enduring documentaries ever made to watch online, just look below.

Diamond Hearts

This documentary profiles two Minor League baseball legends: Max Patkin, the Clown Prince of Baseball; and Joe Buzas, the owner and operator of the Reading Phillies.

Director: Vic Zimet

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Zero Killed

Ordinary people are asked to describe their fantasies about death and murder, then are given the opportunity to act their scenarios out in short films as either a victim or a murderer.

Director: Michal Kosakowski

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Our Nixon

The Richard Nixon presidency is seen through home movies taken at the time by three top members of his staff: H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin.

Director: Penny Lane

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Adventures In Plymptoons

Get an insider’s look into the life and career of Bill Plympton, one of the world’s most successful independent animators who has directed features like Mutant Aliens and the popular Guard Dog series of shorts.

Director: Alexia Anastasio

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Hell On Wheels

Chronicling the rise and head-on drama of an all-woman roller derby league in Texas.

Director: Bob Ray

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Begging Naked

A documentary profile of Elise Hill, who left an abusive home as a teenager and took up prostitution to survive on the streets. But, after completing rehab and taking art classes, she started supporting herself through her art.

Director: Karen Gehres

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American Carny: True Tales From The Circus Sideshow

Sideshow performer Todd Robbins takes viewers on a journey down the historic road of American sideshows from the old-fashioned traveling sideshows to the last standing sideshow performance space, located on Coney Island.

Director: Nick Basile

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Danielson: A Family Movie

A documentary on the alternative Christian rock band The Danielson Familie and its charismatic leader, Daniel Smith.

Director: JL Aronson

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Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods Of Haiti

Using footage shot by Maya Deren and edited decades after her untimely death by her third husband, Teiji Ito, this documentary examines the practice of vodou in Haiti.

Director: Maya Deren

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Abel Raises Cain

Meet Alan Abel, the Most Dangerous Man in America, who engineered some of the 20th century’s greatest hoaxes, such as clothing animals and running a phony school for pickpockets.

Director: Jenny Abel

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