Tips and Inspiration: Documentaries to Spark Conversations

Educational Documentaries

We thought you might like to have a list of documentaries that your family could watch and discuss. These recommendations come from multiple sources and cover various topics — some may be more appropriate for your family than others. We hope you find something that sparks family interest and conversation.

20 Feet from Stardom

This doc is a fun celebration of backup singers who didn’t have their name in lights but helped create some of the biggest hits of all time.


This environmental documentary focuses on animal agriculture and the enormous impact it has on the planet.

Fire at Sea

This award-winning documentary is set on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, a major point of entry for immigrants to Europe.

From One Second to the Next

This sobering Netflix documentary follows the lives of people who were impacted by texting and driving.

Imba Means Sing

Twenty young African Children’s Choir members go on a transformational 18-month tour of the United States, Canada, and the UK.

March of the Penguins

Follow emperor penguins as they make their grueling annual trek to find their ideal mate and start a family.

Ocean Odyssey: The Blue Realm

This is a 13-episode series about the real world under the sea, from coastal waters to the deep floor below.

Science Fair

High school students from around the world compete at an International Science Fair. This doc will have you rooting for these inspired students!

They Shall Not Grow Old

This documentary uses restored archival footage to tell the untold stories of World War I. It goes deep into the details of the Great War through the voices of actual soldiers. Rotten Tomatoes gives this film a perfect score of 100 percent.

Wonders of the Sea

Join Jean-Michel Cousteau and his family as they travel from Fiji to the Bahamas. They dive alongside rare sea life and share their experiences with viewers.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

This film pays tribute to the late television legend Fred Rogers, otherwise known as Mister Rogers. It’s an interesting story, even if you are not familiar with his TV show.

Unlocking the Cage

This documentary follows lawyer and animal-rights activist Steven Wise on his courtroom mission to change U.S. law and grant intelligent species (chimpanzees, whales, dolphins, and elephants) human rights.


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