The 7 best documentaries to watch in the fall


“The rescue.” National Geographic

  • There are some great documentaries coming to theaters and streamers this fall.

  • “The Rescue” looks at the rescue of Thai Cave.

  • “Flee” tells the heartbreaking life of an Afghan refugee.

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“The Rescue” (October 8)

thai football team cave rescue

British caving diver John Volanthen comes out of Tham Luang Nang Non cave. Linh Pham / Getty Images

This look inside the 2018 Thai cave rescue is masterfully directed by Oscar-winning filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. Despite what you might think you know about this heroic rescue from media coverage, you really don’t know the half of it.

The filmmakers take us to the long caves with the people there to perform the dramatic rescue. It’s something you have to see to believe.

“The Velvet Underground” (October 15, Apple TV + and cinemas)

Lou Reed in sunglasses playing guitar

“The Velvet Underground.” Apple TV +

For his first-ever documentary, director Todd Hayes (“Far From Heaven”, “Carol”) looks back on the iconic rock band and delivers a gripping story thanks to their unique experimental techniques and the cooperation of surviving band members.

“Attica” (October 29 in theaters, November 6 on Showtime)

Attica inmates raising their fists

“Attica.” Show time

Legendary documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson looks back on the 1971 inmate uprising at Attica State Prison for his latest film.

With numerous archival footage and interviews with the people who were there, viewers get a startling and gruesome look at the event that led to the deaths of 29 inmates and 10 hostages.

“Becoming Cousteau” (October 22)

Jacques Cousteau wearing a red cap and a helmet

Jacques Cousteau in “Devenir Cousteau”. National Geographic

Oscar-nominated director Liz Garbus delivers a touching look at the life and work of Jacques Cousteau.

We’re given pride of place on how this man single-handedly introduced a generation to underwater life through his own inventions and remarkable storytelling.

“Julia” (November 5)

Julia child

Julia child. Getty Images

Foodies won’t want to miss this documentary on the life and career of legendary cook Julia Child.

“Procession” (November 12 in theaters, November 19 Netflix)

Boy dressed as substitute boy

“Procession.” Netflix

Director Robert Greene has spent his career making documentaries that are a bit left-biased, and for his latest he uses his unique style to tackle his most powerful story to date.

Greene enlists the help of six men who were sexually abused by Catholic priests as a child to find a way out by creating fictional scenes of their pain. With a mix of stories told across genres such as the supernatural, horror, and drama, Greene offers one of the boldest looks at sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

“Flee” (December 3)

Animated image of a man sitting by a window

“To flee.” Neon

Certainly prepare the handkerchiefs for this emotional story.

Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen uses animation to tell the story of Amin, an Afghan refugee who, for the first time in his life, reveals what his life was like after fleeing the Middle East as a boy.

The story he tells is a gripping story filled with pain and loss. It is one of the most powerful survival stories I have ever seen.

COMING SOON: “Hold Your Fire”

Man walks out into the street with his hands raised

“Keep up your fire.” Toronto International Film Festival

Bonus recommendation!

This documentary has yet to find a distribution, but for me it was a highlight of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

He looks at a 1973 robbery that led to the longest hostage siege in NYPD history and with it a revolutionary method of policing: the hostage negotiator.

Director Stefan Forbes interviews police and survivors to weave a tale of what happened and the events that led to the gripping conclusion.

Definitely keep an eye out for this one.

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Corina C. Butler

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