Faith in Humanity, Restored: 4 Documentaries Worth Watching

If you're ever feeling emotionally dried out, watch one of these movies and let the waterworks begin. Here, trailers for must-see old and new documentaries that will restore your faith in humanity.

View as Slideshow

Remember How to Hope

Remember How to Hope
For 511 days, 38 members of two Jewish families, the Stermers and the Wexlers, hid from the Nazis during World War II by living underground in two caves in western Ukraine. There were many close calls—a mother and son died at the hands of a Ukrainian policeman—but the remaining cave dwellers stayed alive until the war's end with limited resources and infinite patience. In No Place On Earth, director Janet Tobias interviews ordeal survivors Saul Stermer, now 92, his younger brother Sam, and their nieces, Sima and Sonia Dodyk and takes them back to the cave that they once called home.

Remember How to Learn

Remember How to Learn
When director Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty, The Nutty Professor) had a bike accident that left him incapacitated, he decided that his life needed to change. When he recovered, Shadyac sold his house, moved into a mobile home, and set off to interview leaders in science, philosophy, and religion—Desmond Tutu makes an appearance—to ask them, "What is wrong with the world and what can we do about it?" Although the answers are varied, the consensus in the I Am documentary is that we're all much more interconnected than we think.

Remember How to Protect

Remember How to Protect
The Cove is a call to action film to halt mass dolphin kills, change Japanese fishing practices, and to inform and educate the public about the risks, and increasing hazard, of mercury poisoning from dolphin meat. Roughly 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japan every year after they are herded into a hidden cove, are netted and stabbed to death with spears and knives. Portions of this documentary were filmed secretly using underwater microphones and high-definition cameras disguised as rocks to get an inside look at this brutal reality.

Remember How to Dream

Remember How to Dream
Man on Wire is a documentary that follows Frenchman Phillippe Petit, who performed a high-wire walk between the two World Trade Center skyscrapers in New York in 1974, as he prepares and trains for his impossible (and highly illegal) mission. The lesson behind his tale: follow your dreams, no matter how lofty they are.

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.


Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.