Documentaries

American Look (1958)
Short documentary made by Chevrolet about 1950s American design

Apollo 13: Houston, We’ve Got a Problem (1972)
Official NASA documentary about how the crippled Apollo 13 mission was brought home

Archive: The Internet Archive (2013)
Behind-the-scenes documentary about the Internet Archive, how it works and who runs it

Are You Popular? (1947)
Brief guide to how teenagers should behave in post-war America

Christmas Reading of Genesis by Apollo 8 (1968)
The crew of Apollo 8, the first lunar mission, read from the Bible on Christmas Day while in orbit around the Moon

The Corporation (2003)
Documentary, the history and nature of modern corporations

Don’t Be A Sucker (1943)
Short film made by the US government during World War Two, imploring people not to listen to racist conmen who claim to have easy answers

Duck and Cover (1951)
Civil defence film made by the US government during the Cold War, explaining how to protect yourself from a nuclear blast

Get Lamp (2010)
Feature-length documentary about the history of text adventures and interactive fiction

Häxan (1922)
Silent documentary/dramatisation about witchcraft, originally banned on its release

In The Suburbs (1957)
Short documentary, originally made to promote Redbook magazine to advertisers, but nowadays is more like a time capsule of 1950s consumerism

The Internet’s Own Boy (2014)
Documentary about the internet activist Aaron Swartz

The Mind-Benders: LSD and the Hallucinogens (1970)
Documentary made by the US government about the effects of illegal drugs

Moonwalk One (1970)
Official documentary about the 1969 moon landings, made by NASA

Nicotine Bees (2010)
Documentary about the decline of bee populations

Nothing to Hide (2017)
Documentary about internet surveillance

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (2018)
Feature-length documentary about the “vampire” publishing corporations that pointlessly charge scientists to read each other’s research

Protect and Survive: Casualties (1980)
Public information film made by the British government, explaining what to do with dead bodies after a nuclear attack

The Quiet One (1948)
Oscar-nominated documentary about the rehabilitation of a disturbed young boy

Space Navigation (1968)
NASA documentary about the basic principles of space navigation, made just before the first Moon landing

This Place in Time: The Mount St Helens Story (1984)
Documentary by the US Forest Service about the devastation caused by the eruption of the Mount St Helens volcano in 1980

TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard (2013)
Documentary about file-sharing platform The Pirate Bay, and the high profile trial of its owners

When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories (1992)
Documentary about women’s experiences with “back street” abortions