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This month’s documentaries focus on a wide range of topics, including paranormal activity, real crime, civil rights, space, and the world of sports.
In the true crime space, Discovery + takes a closer look at the case of Jane Andrews – the former Duchess of York dresser Sarah Ferguson – who was convicted of murdering her lover, Tom Cressman. On Showtime, “Buried” is a four-part docu-series that focuses on a woman’s long-suppressed memory of the murder of her childhood best friend by her own father.
From the directors of the acclaimed documentary “RBG” now comes “My Name Is Pauli Murray”, a new film that provides a more detailed look into the life of lawyer, priest and civil rights activist Pauli Murray.
Musically, Madonna and Justin Bieber are both releasing their own documentaries, with Madonna providing insight into her Madame X tour and Bieber following the singer to her 2020 New Years concert – her first gig in three years.
Here, WWD brings together 13 new documentaries to watch in October 2021. Read on to find out more.
“My name is Pauli Murray”
Stream on Amazon Prime Video October 1
The documentary chronicles the story-rich life of Pauli Murray, a lawyer, priest and civil rights activist who shaped historic disputes around race and fairness and influenced Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall.
“Ghost Adventures: Goldfield Hotel”
Stream on Discovery + October 1
Discovery + ‘s latest paranormal-themed documentary focuses on the reportedly haunted Goldfield Hotel in Nevada.
“Among the stars”
Stream on Disney + October 6
The six-part docuseries focus on astronaut captain Chris Cassidy, who sets out on his final trip to space. The series provides an overview of what it takes to get to space, with images on Earth and from space.
Stream on Netflix October 6
The new docuseries look at six stories at the intersection of sport and crime, including the figure skating scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, the marijuana operation of Indycar driver Randy Lanier, the program Arizona State University basketball scorecard and South African cricketer captain Hansie Cronje’s disgrace, among other topics.
“Justin Bieber: Our World”
Stream on Amazon Prime Video October 8
Justin Bieber is giving fans a sneak peek at this 2020 New Years Eve concert on the roof of the Beverly Hilton, which was his first gig in three years. The documentary provides behind-the-scenes footage and a glimpse into Bieber’s personal life.
Stream on Hulu October 8
Hulu’s latest documentary follows Jacinta, 26, and her mother Rosemary, 46, who are incarcerated together and recovering from drug addiction at the Maine Correctional Center. The documentary is filmed over three years and follows the journey of women to recovery.
Stream on Paramount + October 8
Madonna offers a closer look at her recent Madame X concert tour. Shot in Lisbon, Portugal, the documentary shows how the city served as the inspiration for the singer’s “Madame X” album and provides footage of his concerts.
Watch on Showtime October 10
The four-part docuseries focus on the long-repressed memory of a wife of her childhood best friend murdered by her own father. The series examines the legal debate over the power and limits of memory in the courts.
“Convergence: courage in times of crisis”
Stream on Netflix October 12
The documentary focuses on COVID-19 and healthcare professionals and frontline workers around the world who are fighting to treat patients and end the pandemic. The film also shows communities around the world and how they came together to help each other.
“The velvet metro”
Stream on Apple TV + on October 15
The documentary directed by Todd Haynes focuses on the American rock band Velvet Underground and chronicles the rise of the group and its influence on the rock’n’roll genre. The documentary features unreleased performances and recordings, as well as films by Warhol.
Stream on Netflix October 20
“Found” follows the story of three adopted teenage girls who discover they are blood cousins. The girls face emotional questions about their family and their origins as they embark on a trip to China in the hopes of meeting their biological parents.
“Introducing Selma Blair”
Stream on Discovery + October 21
Selma Blair offers an intimate look at her life in the new documentary Discovery +. The film shows her journey of acceptance and resilience in the face of her multiple sclerosis diagnosis and discusses topics such as beauty, disability and mortality.
“Fergie’s Killer Dresser: The Jane Andrews Story”
Stream on Discovery + October 23
Britain was captivated in 2000 by the case of Jane Andrews – the former dresser of the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson – who was convicted of murdering her lover, Tom Cressman. The new docuseries detail what happened in the case.
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