Watching a movie or binge-watching your favorite shows is one of the popular ways to unwind after a long hectic day. Not only did Netflix promote the concept of binge-watching, but also unlocked the commercial potential of documentaries by shedding their reputation for being boring especially in the recent past.
Having said that, even before the Netflix era, documentaries have enthralled audiences with its authentic, captivating, non-fiction storytelling for decades. It’s just that, the evolving digital era offers unprecedented opportunities for documentary makers and audiences as platforms shift and new storytellers emerge.
Watching quality documentaries will not only expand the horizons of the viewers open to learning more about the world but also acts as a good conversation starter. In this case, the true sign of quality documentary must possess key attributes like humanistic value, information and entertainment in true form. Understanding the documentary through the work of filmmaker helps you as an individual to cultivate the element of compassion, which informs your relationships with others, with your community, and with yourself even.
There are lots of genres in documentaries, but if you’re looking for a good set of must-watch documentary films to enrich your business and entrepreneurial knowledge, then we have one just for you.
While some go out and get inspired, we help you to gather inspiration just by sitting on your couch in front of the television or monitor. Check out 10 documentaries that provide a compelling storyline, as well as valuable insights into the business.
Running time: 1 hour 33 minutes
Directors: Cheryl Houser, Cynthia Wade
What does it take to getting to the top and stay there? Generation Startup takes viewers deep inside the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Shot over 17 months, it’s an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup.
Director: Olivier Blaecke
Foundation depicts the story of 5 entrepreneurs over the course of 5 months, in their daily lives. With this documentary, we get to travel to investor meetings, to San Francisco, the WebSummit in Lisbon, and even to family trips and other startup adventures. In fact, the Foundation’s ambition is to tell the genuine story of the human beings behind the startups.
Elon Musk: How I Became The Real ‘Iron Man’
Running time: 45 minutes
In this documentary, the filmmakers focus on Iron Man. No, not Robert Downey Jr, but it’s Elon Musk. This film revolves around the big dreams and determinations of Elon Musk. “Bloomberg Risk Takers” profiles Elon Musk, the entrepreneur who helped create PayPal, Tesla, Space X and SolarCity.
Running time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Director: Timon Birkhofer, Jørg M. Kundinger
Capital C is an interesting documentary on crowdfunding. It follows three people who reach out to the crowd for funds to make their dreams come true. It chronicles the hopes, dreams, fears and pitfalls of the of independent creators.
The Startup Kids
Running time: 55 minutes
Directors: Vala Halldorsdottir, Sesselja Vilhjalmsdottir
The Startup Kids documentary deals with web entrepreneurs especially in the U.S and Europe. The hour-long movie talks about how the founders of Vimeo, Dropbox, Soundcloud and others started their company and their lives as entrepreneurs.
Running time: 1 hour 47 minutes
Director: Lesley Chilcott
This documentary tells the story of high school-aged girls from around the world trying to better their community through technology and collaboration. From rural Moldova to urban Brazil to suburban Massachusetts, Codegirl follows teams who dream of holding their own in the world’s fastest-growing industry.
Holy Land: Startup Nations
Running time: 1 hour 29 minutes
Director: Jim Demuth
Long hailed as ‘Startup Nation’, this documentary explores the technological boom occurring in Israel. Right from its capital Tel Aviv to the Holy Land, Israel is home to the largest number of tech startups on Earth. Moreover, the documentary explores the building blocks of Israel at present and shows how its unique personality makes it an ideal ground for the breakthroughs of tomorrow.
Startupland: a documentary film
Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Director: Justin Gutwein
Startupland is a collection of lectures that offer tips and insights for success in business. It’s a deep dive into the story of five CEOs taking their companies from idea stage to seed funding through an accelerator program. This documentary helps you to learn from legendary founders and experts.
The new breed
Director: Pete Williams
Get a closer look at the journey of three millennial entrepreneurs, as they work to help the most vulnerable people, communities and environment on the planet, following their path from business plan to impact delivery.
House of Z
Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Director: Sandy Chronopoulos
Zac Posen was one of the most revered entrepreneurs and designers of our time. This documentary chronicles the meteoric rise, epic fall, and his challenge to rebuild his company and his reputation. It’s a feature documentary on the life and career of designer Zac Posen.
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