I’m a big fan of documentaries. I try to watch a few documentary films a week to learn more about subjects I’m not familiar with and to gain a deeper understanding of current events.

I thought I’d put together some of the best new documentaries that I’ve watched so far this year. I’ve also included trailers for some upcoming documentaries that look like they’re going to be good.

2018 Documentary Trailers:

Here are some of the best new documentaries that I’ve watched this year, which you can stream on YouTube:

1. Attenborough’s and the Empire of the Ants

Join David Attenborough in the Swiss Jura Mountains to discover the secrets of a giant. Beneath his feet lies a vast network of tunnels and chambers, home to over a billion ants from rival colonies that live in peace.


2. The Third Industrial Revolution: A Radical New Sharing Economy

The global economy is in crisis. The exponential exhaustion of natural resources, slow growth, and steep inequality, forces us to rethink our economic models. Where do we go from here? In this feature-length documentary, social and economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin lays out a roadmap to usher in a new economic system.

3. Trump And Late Night Comedy Shows

America’s first reality television star President Donald Trump is a master of distraction and his frequent tweets and outbursts provide endless fodder for late night comedy shows. This documentary explores the role of late-night comedy in American’s contemporary political culture.

4. Weinstein: The Inside Story

More than a hundred women have now come forward with allegations against Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault, and rape going back decades. This is the story of how this Hollywood heavyweight abused his position of power and then fell dramatically from grace.

5. Forever Young: The Documentary

Is aging a disease? Is it something that can be “cured” by science? Meet the self-experimenters and scientists who think that aging can be reversed and see how they are trying to extend our lives.

6. America First

An in-depth look at President Trump’s unprecedented first year in office from Vice Media. This short documentary film focuses on Trump’s two biggest campaign promises: restoring manufacturing jobs and building the border wall.

7. A Glitch in the Matrix

The story of Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson’s rise to international fame. His defense of freedom of speech and criticism of today’s politically correct culture has made him arguably the most watched intellectual in the world thanks to his YouTube channel.

8. American Fast Food Took Over Kuwait And Made Its People Obese

The story of how America’s fast food chains exported the nation’s epidemic of obesity to the Middle East and the long-term consequences for a society when the majority of people are overweight.

9. The Climate Cover-Up: Big Oil’s Campaign of Deception

For decades, oil companies have known that burning fossil fuels has negative impacts on the climate. This is the story of how they protected their profits through a campaign of deception that involved funding dubious scientific research to confuse the general public.

10. The Gut Hack: A Biohacking Experiment

A biohacker declares war on his own body’s microbes. He checks himself into a hotel, sterilizes his body, and embarks on a DIY experiment. The goal: “To completely replace all of the bacteria that are contained within my body.” See what happens…

If you’re looking for more documentaries, here are my top 10 recommendations for thought-provoking documentaries.