Top 10 "Lockdown" Documentaries

Posted by Santoni Engelbrecht on

I'm not sure about you, but in these times of lockdown I constantly feel like I'm in a movie or part of a cult or being held captive.. So I have decided to compile a list of the most freaky "Lockdown" documentaries I could find on Youtube.  

10. Jonestown: Inside the Most Dangerous Cult in the World

 This feature-length docudrama tracks the final build-up to a horrific doomsday: the infamous mass murder and suicides of Jim Jones’ cult followers in the jungles of Guyana, where over 900 men, women and children died on November 18th, 1978. Using extensive dramatic re-enactments, newly-released U.S. government information, as well as archival footage and interviews, Jonestown: Paradise Lost goes beyond ‘official reality’ to take the viewer deep into the inner workings of this monstrous cult and its apocalyptic end.

9. The Kidnapping Of Elizabeth Smart

In June 2002, Salt Lake City was the setting for a chilling kidnapping. An angelic young girl called Elizabeth Smart was stolen from her bedroom in the middle of the night. The daughter of a wealthy Mormon family was the most unlikely of victims in a seemingly motiveless crime. Two years in the making, this film reveals what lay behind her strange abduction – a story so bizarre and unique that it almost defies belief.


8. The Man Living in Complete Isolation for 40 Years

Since 1965, Faustino Barrientos has lived alone on the shores lake O'Higgins' in a house built from the remains of a shipwrecked fishing vessel. He's a pastoralist, living mostly off the land and his livestock, with few modern amenities. His nearest neighbors are in Villa O'Higgins, a small community of several hundred people, 25 miles away, accessible only by a two-day horseback ride through rugged mountain animal paths. Every few years, Faustino makes this ride to sell his cattle in town. Currently 81 years old, Faustino is reaching the end of his life, and his self-imposed isolation is being encroached upon by the forces of government, economy, and tourism. In December 2011, VICE went to document his lifestyle and speak with him about the changing face of Patagonia and the gaucho lifestyle.

7. Inside Brazil's Biggest Prison Beauty Pageant

Brazil, known for its beautiful beaches and beautiful people, is home to the biggest pageants in the world. Each year, Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Earth are crowned in the country. And at the Penitenciaria Feminina da Capital in Sao Paolo—South America's largest all-female maximum security prison—so is Miss Max. Unlike traditional pageants, the contestants competing for the title of Miss Max are currently serving long sentences for crimes like drug trafficking, kidnapping, and even homicide. They are, however, judged using the standard pageant criteria: beauty, poise, and talent—plus their record of good behavior. This year, LGBTQ inmates can also vie for the title of Mr. Congeniality. We travel to Sao Paolo, Brazil, to capture the days of preparation leading up to the crowning of Miss Max, which includes runway training from a professional choreographer and a day of hair and makeup courtesy of some of Brazil's best stylists. We also talk with the incarcerated contestants about how a beauty competition can help them temporarily escape the monotony of their lives behind bars.

6. The Crime Of Josef Fritzl

Following Elisabeth Fritzl’s freedom on the 26th April 2008, the world was confronted with the horrifying reality of the nightmare she had been forced to endure for 24 years. Held captive in a cellar by her own father, just metres below the house where the rest of her family lived, she was regularly raped during her imprisonment. While the family remained oblivious to the hell she was enduring, Elisabeth bore seven of her own father’s children. But how did this torturous father manage to keep his horrific secret for so long?

5. Natascha Kampusch - 3.096 Days

This documentary feature describes Natascha Kampusch’s eight and a half years of captivity, narrated mostly from the victim’s point of view. For the first time ever, footage from inside the kidnapper’s home are shown, including the basement dungeon, where Natascha was kept throughout her ordeal.

4. Witness To Waco - MSNBC Documentary 2009 Cult David Koresh Branch Davidians

Rick Ross via is a leading Cult Expert. "Witness to Waco" provides an in-depth look into the Branch Davidians, a religious cult led by David Koresh in the late 1980s and early 1990s that ultimately met with a tragic, fiery end. Check out an in-depth look into the Branch Davidians, the religious cult, which came to a tragic and fiery end in Waco, TX.

3. The Cleveland Captives What Really Happened??

Two teenage girls and a 20-year-old woman are kidnapped on the same stretch of road in Cleveland, Ohio. For 10 years they are missing presumed dead, but in May 2013, miraculously, they are discovered alive, one of them with a six-year old daughter. Their captor, Ariel Castro, is now charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. He may even face the death penalty if prosecutors successfully argue that he forcibly caused his captors to miscarry their unborn babies. Rick Edwards investigates how the victims could disappear from the same area and be held prisoners in the basement of a nearby house with no-one knowing anything about it for a decade. He goes to the address in Seymour Avenue to speak to neighbours and relatives of the accused, interviews people who responded to a woman's cry for help and hears how they made the amazing discovery. Featuring 3-D graphics of the house, showing where the women were kept and how they were moved around to avoid being discovered by visitors, this documentary attempts to provide the most complete picture yet of a case that has shocked the world.

2. Held hostage by Taiwan's most-wanted criminal

In 1997, Taiwan's most-wanted criminal holds a South African diplomat's family hostage at gunpoint. Negotiators find themselves trying to do their work in the midst of a frantic media circus. 

1. 'Wolfpack' Brothers Grew Up Locked in NYC Apartment for Years

What if your parents kept you and your six siblings locked up in a public housing project in Manhattan and all you knew of the world came from Hollywood movies?

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