With easier access to equipment and more talented filmmakers willing to take risks to tell their stories, the documentary category continues to be filled with top-quality films each successive year, which makes putting together a list of 2015’s best difficult, if not practically impossible. Not only are there more titles, but streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and HBOGo are embracing (and funding) the form to give viewers more places to watch entertaining and enlightening films.
The directors behind these projects continue to push the boundaries of traditional cinematography, putting themselves in hazardous situations, using guerrilla techniques, and going further into the world to find the tales truly worth telling. There’s no question that for every night you have free could be spent watching a great documentary. Here’s a list of our favorites from this 2015.